Children and Vegetables: Natural Enemies

A lot of the time, it seems like my kids don’t eat. Oh, sure, they’ll put the occasional cracker or apple slice in their mouths, and once in a while they’ll have some yogurt. But the rest of the time, they appear to live on air and sheer force of will. And yet, they’re healthy. They’re doing all the stuff they should be doing. They just pick at their food.

I think my kids are pretty typical. A lot of kids eat much less than the adults around them think they should, and show no ill effects. But we, their parents, find it nerve-wracking and aggravating. We wish they would just eat a vegetable already. Don’t they know that vegetables are healthy? Don’t they know that they need them to grow up big and strong and all that jazz?

Produce at Wong's
An entire store devoted to fruit and vegetables my kids will complain about eating

There are cookbooks and food companies and cartoons and all manner of media devoted to getting children to eat vegetables. You can find tips and tricks to make veggies more appealing, recipes for hiding veggies in baked goods, and any number of dips and sauces that are designed to mask the vegetable taste so kids won’t object. Clearly, we are all highly invested in getting our kids to consume vegetables, and our kids are highly invested in not consuming vegetables.

If so many kids refuse to eat their veggies and show no ill effects, I have to wonder if it’s really a problem. Are we all malnourished, unhealthy and unable to function because of vegetable deficiency? Not that I’ve seen.

I’m not debating the health benefits of vegetables. Eating lots of veggies may reduce your risk of cancer. They are high in all sorts of nutrients and fiber, and low in fat and calories. And if you’re preparing meals with lots of vegetables, you’re probably cooking from scratch and avoiding packaged and processed foods and all the salt and preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients they contain.

Salad!
I made a salad, and my kids refused to eat it

But. But but but. Just as it’s possible to meet all of your nutritional needs without eating meat, or consuming dairy products, or whatever it is that you don’t let pass your lips, it’s possible to live a full life without consuming vast quantities of kale. I know this, because I eat very little kale myself. I feel like I should eat kale, but I’ll come right out and admit that I don’t like it. So I buy it, and then it wilts in my fridge while I feel guilty for not eating more kale.

I contend that if we offer our kids healthy choices, we can leave the rest up to them. Whether they take extra helpings of salad, or appear to eat very little, unless they are facing actual health problems, it’s not our job to control their diets. So, I’m letting go of the veggie guilt. I’m coming out of the parental closet and admitting that my kids won’t eat salad. Or broccoli. Or chard. I suspect their palates and food consumption will both expand as they get older. For now, I’m not going to sweat it if they don’t clean their plates.

Are you with me? Or do you have magical vegetable-loving kids? Tell me all about it in the comments.

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    1. Hm. I dunno. The Poptart is only 17 months and appears at this point to prefer veggies, grains and fruit to meat. Oh and she’ll fill up on milk if we’re not careful.

      Anyways she’s at that stage where mealtimes are a bit of a battle, so we end up leaving snacks around and she’ll graze all day. We just make sure the snacks are healthy and when your kids willingly eats things like chickpeas and olives, it’s not so difficult.

      And kale.
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    2. My son loves broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. He will eat them before his carbs at a meal, or touches his meat. He thinks peas are awesome.

      He loves apples, and pears, and peaches and nectarines and grapes and askes for them! We have a hard time getting him to eat eggs and mashed potatoes.

      My son is weird.

      • I’m with you Caroline! My daughter – 35months is also more of a veggie/fish than a meat eater. She also loves peas and will eat lettuce first from the salad. And of course fruits – mangoes and bananas! Are we lucky or what? :)

    3. Bean is almost 4, there are definitely vegetables she digs, like broccoli. We’ve had fights over food though, specifically vegetables and then a friend, who is a registered dietitian, provided me with the best antidote to the nightmare meal times were becoming. Ellyn Satter. My friend had been through a bunch of workshops with this woman, but the basic gist is this “For children to eat and grow well, parents must manage the what, when and where of feeding and let the child manage the how much and whether of eating.” There is more to it, but it is along what you say here, “I contend that if we offer our kids healthy choices, we can leave the rest up to them. Whether they take extra helpings of salad, or appear to eat very little, unless they are facing actual health problems, it’s not our job to control their diets.”

      ps. I don’t like chard either

    4. I am trying very very very hard to follow the “my kids are healthy, don’t sweat the no veggie (or really anything)” thing. It is quite possibly the most difficult aspect of parenting.

      BUT, I have proof that they do eventually figure it out. V was such a horrid eater and now eats pretty well (usually). A was a great eater as a baby and now lives off baby cereal. But she is active and seems healthy SO I guess I just need to bide my time. They will eat. They will not starve.
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    5. Have you ever looked at the portions the Canada Food Guide recommends by age, it’s a lot! My kids barely eat half of what is recommended for each meal. According to the guide children 4-8 should eat 5 fruit/veg, 4 grains, 2 servings milk and 1 serving of meat per day. My kids don’t eat that many veggies/fruit each day but they do get their grains and milk servings, and then some. I always felt that eating fruits instead of veggies was fine. My kids will eat broccoli, corn, french fries (I know, these barely count as a veg) and ceasar salad and I’m ok with that. For fruit they eat apples, bananas, peaches, grapes and oranges. I wish they would eat more kale and spinach but whatcanyado. I think your taste for a variety of vegtables develops as you get older. I just started eating squash and cabbage a few years ago..lol.
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      • Oh I wanted to add that my friend’s son is the extreme of picky eaters and won’t even eat at other people’s houses (unless it’s family). She stresses about it because he absolutely will not eat anything but these items: banana’s, muffins, chicken nuggets, chips and pancakes. And he’s a pretty healthy boy.
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    6. I am with you! I have one of each: one vegetable lover and one that literally gags if a stray piece of vegetable finds its way into his mouth (and he is only just two, so it is not to be rude). We joke that their average diet is perfectly balanced. As long as they are growing and developing I have chosen not to worry about it. I serve and they get to pick and eat. (Well I do encourage people to at least try some. Just a little bit? Please!! One bite?)

    7. I am totally with you. My son is 21 months old and is a terrible eater: no veggies, no meat, and the only fruits he’ll eat are apples and bananas. And it’s not like we didn’t try to make him a better eater! We were those parents who said, “My kids will just eat what we eat. He won’t have another option. And so he’ll be a good eater from the start.” Well, our son had other ideas.

      But you know what? He’s healthy as a horse, very smart and energetic, so I’m not going to stress it. There were a few months there where every meal became an epic battle, usually ending in tears (mine), and we just decided we don’t want to live that way. Hopefully he’ll develop a better palate as he gets older. My husband and I did.
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    8. My kids both seem to eat pretty much everything. In chili, their favourite part is the kidney beans (the part I still don’t really love). They love chick peas and quite a few veggies (peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, broccoli, beans). They don’t like lettuce or mushrooms but I think that’s a texture thing they’ll outgrow. We got them to eat peppers by calling them sweet peppers so they wouldn’t think they were spicey. We’re trying that with onions right now with varying success. Despite this, they still refuse to eat anything roughly every second meal. My only problem with that refusing to eat at meal times is that half an hour later they are begging for snacks and I don’t want to work like a short order cook!

      I read somewhere that your job as a parent is to determine WHAT they are offered and WHEN meals/snacks occur and the kid’s job is to determine HOW MUCH and IF they eat at all. Just remember you: what, when; them: how much, if. It’s a pretty good rule of thumb but even so, I get stressed when Noa won’t eat for two days. It’s really hard not to get controlling when they eat all the mashed potatoes and then claim they’re done.

      I count myself lucky every single day that my kids aren’t picky. When I watch other parents struggle with kids who won’t eat, I’m so grateful that they got that from their dad (I’m super picky).
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    9. My daughters are reluctant meat eaters in a home of carnivors. They would rather sit down to a plate of veggies and fruits and so more times than not, I let them. I think my dad grew up in a time where it was very important to eat your meat….but my girls are the opposite. As long as their veggies are gone they are good to be done. Without even really trying to make them a lover of all things non meat I have some how accomplished this. And they aren’t big bread eaters either. There best thing is a mixed salad with tons of tomatoes and or a panini sandwich with red, orange and yellow peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Thankfully, they are nothing like their dad when it comes to their palats.

    10. I have to agree that we put too much pressure on ourselves for our children to do everything perfectly including eating tons of veggies. For my kids I find it really helps when I make veggies first to be done cooking before our main and feed it to them while they are waiting to eat dinner. It doesn’t always work perfectly but I’m pretty happy with the results.
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    11. I have three rules when it comes to meals:
      1. I don’t cook seperate meals. She either eats what we are having or she eats nothing. And yes she has gone to bed without dinner because she didn’t eat and no, I don’t give her anything else.
      2. If she eats her dinner (and by that I don’t mean the entire plate, I don’t want her to be an obsessive I have to finish it all) no if she had something of everything, then she can have dessert. That can be a yoghurt, baked goods or even chocolate.
      3. No carbohydrate snacks. Fruit, veg, drink.

    12. I hear you sistah. Here is something I wrote about relaxing http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/relax_about_picky_eating_nicole_macpherson

      Also, OMG. That salad. Can you come over to make one for me? Is that CHEESE? What kind of cheese? Man I’m hungry.
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    13. I sometimes think my kid doesn’t eat veggies because at 10, he doesn’t eat ALL the veggies I would like him to (or think would be ideal). But I was caught *again* in how much my own standards are in play the other day when we were at Panera for lunch. AJ wanted me to order him the Greek salad, without the tomatoes, olives or onions. Part of me was running the “my kid is such a picky eater” story. But then the guy in front of me (a grandfatherly gent) looked back in amazement and said, “When I was his age I never would have ordered a salad.”

      OK. I get it!

      There’s more of my rantings on this issue here: (spurred by Amber’s post on crusts a while back!)
      http://dreamgardencoaching.com/pick-your-battles-and-pick-your-stories-part-3/
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    14. We totally need to stop stressing. As long as there are healthy options, let them eat what they will. Of course, my kids actually like broccoli, so I win.
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    15. even at 7.5y old, i’m still approaching his nutrition on a weekly basis.
      for my own sanity i try to approach meals as “my job is to provide a healthy, nutritious plate in front of you, and your job is to eat it”.
      i no longer cook meals my son will “like” – he either eats what i prepare or goes hungry (his choice). snacks are at regular times ie. coming home from school fuel up and no more.

      it was tough going from the “eats everything, i’m growing really quickly” phase through to the pre school pickiness – i think parents shouldn’t despair when another says “oh my kid is such a good eater” – ask the age and stage of the child before losing it all to sorrow! of course kids which are growing quickly eat well – they can’t afford not to (unless they do have dietary issues).

      but …. confusingly, there is such a thing as a lazy eater! it might not be a food aversion but sheer unwillingness to spend time at the table eating rather than playing. that one was a tricky one to spot and deal with. then it is a good idea to have a rough handle on how much a child should eat and demand that a served portion should be eaten (and before i’m castigated for over-riding his rights and trampling his delicate personality, his growth rate did improve once we spotted this trend). kids don’t always know best at mealtimes.

      we’ve had our share of mealtime moments, we can eat out again without melt downs, and his palate is expanding to try new tastes.
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    16. I hate how worked up I get over my sons eating habits. One day he’ll love broccoli & cheese. Then a week later he won’t even touch it. I tell myself, it’s only a phase, or he’s just not feeling well. I really try not to stress. But deep down, I do.
      I’m not worried about his health, I know he’s fairly healthy, besides the occasional cold symptoms. But I struggle with what he’s in the mood to eat. He’s not even 2 yet so the communication is really not there yet. So it’s like I’m playing 20 questions. And he’s also in the phase of saying NO all the time, only to show he can have authority.
      There are days where he grazes on food, having a bite here and a bite there. Maybe 3 nights a week he may have a ‘good’ meal. By ‘good’ I mean he ate a normal size meal, HIS type of meal, not what we’re eating.
      I know he’ll have a better palate as he grows up, so I’m not too concerned. But my gripe is I just don’t know what he wants to eat, because he’ll clearly push his food away for a few days in a row.
      The only veggie I can get him to eat right now is peas, from the pea pod. He likes to pull the peas out and eat them that way. Sometimes I have to sing the Peas song… he likes that. Whatever makes the kid eat a few greens, I’ll stand on my head if I have to. LOL
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    17. Oh, I also wanted to include… I do give my son vitamins. Until he eats a little more balanced, then I’ll stop the vitamins. But giving him the vitamins helps relax my nerves about some things.
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    18. There are 3 veggies my son will eat with somewhat of an irregular regularity – carrots, sugar snap peas, and cucumber – but only if they are raw. Once in a blue moon a tiny piece of brocolli or a pea-sized piece of red pepper will cross his lips. There are certainly days when he will eat no vegetables at all, or 1-2 carrot slices only. I try not to stress about it, but I cannot tell a lie – I do. I am also a fan of multi-vitamins (when he’ll agree to take it) to try to make up for what he doesn’t get through food.
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    19. I joke that my daughter (19minths) is a fruitatrian. Truth be told she eats dairy, grains, and fruit. That’s about it. And many times she won’t eat at all. Both my husband and I find it very hard not to worry, but I also know when we worry she eats less, sensing our stress. So we have one rule: we offer food that is healthy and has a balance of all food groups (even the protein and veg she won’t eat) and she gets to decide the rest. Yes, food gets wasted, much to my dismay. But we figure eventually she will come around. Oh, and we are told she eats at the dayhome. Aparently peer pressure works.
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    20. I basically feed Theo one food item at a time. Sometimes, it’s squash only for dinner or a leg of chicken only. He will eat broccoli (oddly). But I find to be honest some days it’s arrowroots, milk and pears. I’ve chosen not to worry about food even though I love, love, fresh salads and vegetables and grew up in a no-sugar, no-chocolate, no-pop, no-chips, no white anything household growing up.
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    21. Amber, I’m curious, did you do BLW or did you go the ‘traditional’ route of puree foods?

      My son hardly ever sits down for a meal. It’s torture for him… but, when he does want to eat he will eat some vegetables happily. Such as raw peppers, cucumbers and sweet potatoes and sometimes cauliflower. However, he LOVES fruit a lot more than vegetables. But, I think it’s important to consider that it’s ok if they eat more of one than the other because the nutrients are obtained from both. We put such an emphasis on vegetables that we forget how nutrient rich fruits can be (especially since we eat most of them raw vs. cooked vegetables).

      Also, my boy loves to snack throughout the day more than to sit for a whole meal… so I leave washed fruits and vegetables (and cheese and some bread/healthy crackers) on a plate in the kitchen and he’ll grab some while playing and nibble often. So, it sometimes seems as thought he isn’t getting much in one day – but if I take a step back I see that he does get a variety of different fruits & vegetables in a week.

      IMO, kids will eat what they get used to having… if you offer junk, they will get used to junk. So, keep doing what you’re doing. Offer healthy options and relax… let them guide the way. No child will let themselves starve (barring any real medical conditions).
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      • With my daughter I did some spoon-feeding, but on the whole it was BLW in the sense of offering them food I was eating anyways, and it always had texture. There was some mashing, but it was like fork mashed banana.

        Both of my kids “ate well” as babies. But both of them reached about in the 18-24 month range where they became pickier. A lot of people experience this. It’s just because they’re not growing as much, and so their nutritional needs change.

        • I agree that a lot (if not all) people experience this… I just wonder if it’s somewhat related to the whole traditional route of spoon feeding children when they start eating… but, it was just a curious question more than anything else… It’s super hard to get my toddler to eat anything a lot of days too! (not just veggies) He was spoon fed… I’m hoping my baby will be better (I can dream, can’t I), he hasn’t had a bite of anything he hasn’t taken for himself.
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          • I will say this much – when my second child started picking at his food, it was less stressful. Most everything with second kids is less stressful. And I will also say that in my perspective, my second has been a better eater, and he’s certainly better at feeding HIMSELF.

            But still, sadly, not as many veggies as I’d like. Sigh.

    22. You need this recipe of mine, which gets my kid eating (and loving) kale:

      Sweet and Sour Kale
      1 bunch of Kale
      2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
      ¼ tsp. spicy red pepper (optional)
      2 Tbsp. honey
      2 Tbsp. lemon juice
      2 Tbsp. olive oil
      ¼-1/2 cup water

      Rinse kale by soaking in deep water for a while and letter the grit sink to the bottom of the water. Cut kale into small pieces. Add to pot and mix with other ingredients. Cook 25 min over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

      Variation: Add broccoli, or a different kind of green, like chard.

    23. I have not seen my 20mo eat ONE vegetable since we stopped purees-like 12 months ago!! It’s hard to let go, particularly when society does such a great job of forcing crap on them. But I’m with you, I’m trying REALLY hard not to sweat this.
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      • My son did the same–right at the 12 month mark. He would eat just about anything when it was pureed, but once we started transitioning to solids, he would only eat about three foods: yogurt, bananas, and breads. We’ve been slowly building up (to about 25) the things he will eat again–but it is frustrating. Our pediatrician says not to stress it: “How many 6 year olds do you see who eat only three things,” but it’s hard. I still wonder what we could have done differently to avoid this, especially now that we’re expecting baby #2…
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    24. I guess I have magical vegetable-loving kids. My eldest (6 tomorrow) sometimes eats more than I do. They love salad, most vegetables and all fruits. My youngest (almost 4) is going through a picky stage, however I don’t think it is the food, but rather her attempting to assert her independence by refusing to eat it as she will eat the same dish on some occasions and not others.

      When I started them on solids, I started with veggies before fruits. And when they made a face at the sour green beans, I just tried again and again until they ate them. I think they need to develop their palates?

      Although they may not understand, they repeat all the information that my husband (a health nut) tells them about each food. “This has lots of fibre and Vitamin C”, he tells them.

      They are also both vegetarian (as is my husband). I am a “flexitarian”.

      I’m probably just lucky…

    25. Oh Amber, I so hear you. My son is not too bad where veggies are concerned – will eat broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, peas… But my daughter is a disaster. The only thing remotely veggie like that she’ll touch is, occasionally, tomato based pasta sauce and the odd cucumber slice.

      I agree with you – it’s stressful!! I too look at the Canada Food Guide, feel a flutter of panic, and then quickly look away. And yet, like your kids, Miranda seems very healthy – tall, well fed, rosy skin tone, etc.

      I guess all we can do is bide our time until, someday, they figure out that veggies taste good.

    26. Oh, thank you for admitting this! I had a baby/toddler who loved veggies … and then he grew into a preschooler, and now all things green are declined. Except broccoli. The kid will eat steamed broccoli trees. But that’s the extent of it. And boy do I feel those twinges of mother guilt every once in awhile.

      But, usually, I just agree with what you, too, have discovered — that kids can do OK on whatever they choose to eat. I try not to sweat it and remind myself that once I, too, probably did not like vegetables. And now I do.
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    27. My kids are all different and have gone through lots of different stages in what they will eat. I actually am not the most vegetable loving person either, although I have gotten a lot better as I have gotten older. I even eat tomatoes now!

      I don’t think we can be totally healthy without vegetables, but I also don’t think pressure to eat them solves anything. We just keep offering and eventually they figure out they need to eat. We have also tried, when the boys were younger, doing veggie appetizers. When they are hungry enough, they eat most anything. Serve the veggies only first, then serve the rest of the meal after they have eaten some.
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    28. My kids are sorta iffy on veggies too, but they do eat them at least a little. I think the most important thing is having healthy food around the house, serving it regularly and enjoying it yourself. They’ll come around eventually.

      The other thing I want to share is a whizz-bang recipe for preparing kale! I too used to be a bit meh about kale but this recipe is so very tasty. It’s in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and it’s called Kale with Olives or something like that. Basically throw a couple tablespoons of olive oil and lemon juice, a teaspoon of salt and 1/3 cup of chopped kalamata olives on that kale and it’s magically transformed into deliciousness. Yum!
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    29. While I love veggies, most of my son’s veggie intake is in the form of soups. In fact, I have a yummy white bean and kale soup recipe I’ve been meaning to make again. That is the only way I’ve EVER eaten kale. Veggies raw or plain really don’t happen anymore. He used to eat them but now he is all about carbs. Give him a slice of bread and he is happy.
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    30. I have one kid that will happily eat carrots, but only the really tiny baby carrots – not regular baby carrots mind you, the petite baby carrots. If that particular carrot type is supplied he will eat them without complaint. But that’s it on the veggie front. On occasion if there’s the possibility of dessert (which is only once or twice a week) he will eat other vegetables.

      The other kid will not touch a carrot but will happily eat brocolli…but only if the pieces are no more than one inch in length and 1/2 inch wide at the top. If it’s bigger or smaller than that forget it.

      The food thing is something I try not to stress about. My husband hates that they always eat the same thing. I figure if they eat the same thing day after day I don’t really care as long as it’s sort of balanced.
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    31. my kids like loads of veggies but don’t like the usual kid safe meals like spaghetti bologase or sausages, or hot dogs. or sandwiches…. which can be just as frustrating at times….

      But I’m with you, no point in stressing over it. I think making a big deal over food and eating is never a healthy choice, so we all just eat what we enjoy and try not to worry about the rest
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    32. It’s probably true that a love of vegetables is an acquired taste for the vast majority of children. I’ve certainly seen that with my kids. But precisely because it’s acquired and not inborn, it needs to be taught, and considering some of the health problems that our society faces, the sooner we instill healthy eating habits, the better it is for our children. A child who’s eaten some vegetables won’t be so hungry for less choice food. I have enforced rules (and exceptions) from around age 3-4, and I’m super pleased that my older boys will actually ask for fresh salad and vegetables now. It’s taken some effort, but it was worth it.
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    33. My little guy is 22 months. He is not a veggie eater. He loves roasted sweet potato (only cut in cubes though) and that’s about it. Sometimes he’ll eat a few peas or corn or a raw mushroom or some cucumber. Sometimes. He loves cheese, yogurt, meat and bread (although this is even hit or miss sometimes). He used to eat almost anything. Sigh. But he does like macaroni (whole wheat) and a bolognese type sauce. I can usually get some extra veggies in this that he’ll gladly eat, like carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, etc. I just keep offering. What drives me crazy is when he won’t try something. I just want him to try. Oh well, this will come. I hope.

    34. I have magic-veggie-loving-kids!

      But it didn’t happen over night. There were battles over zucchini, there were turned up noses at mashed squash, there were rolled eyes over cabbage. I remember reading something that Barbara Colorosso said. Something to the effect of if you make the unwanted behaviour LESS ATTRACTIVE than the wanted behaviour, then it will be easier. So instead of fighting, I changed my tactics. I found ways to cajoule them into appreciating their veggies. One way was to have the lights off everywhere but the one above the dinner table…. another was to tell them what the veggies were doing for them (the vitamins building his healthy cells, the fibre keeping his tummy happy, the protiens making him stronger, etc, etc) the best was the cabbage. I told them it would give them GAS!!!! How exciting is that for a little boy?! And if that still didn’t work, and they snubbed the meal without even trying, daddy took their plates away, and they had to sit at the table until everyone else was done. Harsh or what?! It worked though, and they eat everything now — even asparagus! I do know what veggies they prefer though and I do tend to offer those more often than the “just tolerable” kind (such as asparagus).
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    35. Another Barbara Colorosso technique. FROZEN VEGGIES!!! Because frozen veggies don’t taste like “veggies”, they taste like “frozen”, and kids LOVE the taste of frozen!
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    36. I’m with you on this: as long as you’re providing healthy options, kids will generally pick what they need. Processed food breaks our ability to be guided by our appetite, because it’s made to be everything we want. For instance, sweets — you always find yourself wanting more! (At least, I do!) And these foods are often nutritionally empty. But meat has many of the same vitamins as vegetables do, and dairy is rich in a lot of nutrients as well.
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    37. For the most part, my kids like veggies – broccoli, peas, cauliflower. They even like squash, which both my husband and I hate, so if we go somewhere that it’s being served, we are both forced to eat some with a smile, lest we give away the fact that they are enjoying a veggie that we don’t.

      Meat is a different issue. So far, the microdude will eat ground turkey. And he had three bites of a hamburger two weeks ago. We’re working on it . . .
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    38. Check out the most recent post on Mothering Mag’s facebook page – it’s all about ways to eat kale.
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