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My child will not eat vegetables. Do you have any tips?

 

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Sure! Here are some ideas to try:

  • Set a good example for children by eating vegetables with meals and as snacks.
  • Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into salads.
  • Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up vegetables.
  • Allow children to pick a new vegetable to try while shopping.
  • Use cut-up vegetables as part of afternoon snacks.
  • Children often prefer foods served separately. So, rather than mixed vegetables try serving two vegetables separately.

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Our toddler is an extremely picky eater!  We've been able to navigate it a few ways:

  • Make the veggies the most fun part of the meal
    - we try to keep a lot of healthy dips around.  Anything that can be dipped has a 300% higher chance of being eaten
    - providing multiple different dips or ways of eating a veggie also increases the likelihood of it being eaten
  • Cook the veggies into other foods
    - we've found tons of recipes for cooking veggies into the meal.  From spaghetti-squash pasta, to making a pizza crust out of cauliflower instead of wheat, it's amazing how many veggies you can fit into a meal and still have it taste great.  Our whole family now eats more healthy thanks to out picky toddler!

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