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How can I have my son eat more vegetables? OkOk and fruits too?

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Asked by Impalachik at 10:34 PM on May. 26, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • you can try making it the only thing availablle for snacks etc. you can add peanut butter to alost everything! to celery, apples, bananas. make a avocado dipping sauce for veggies. put veggies on his plate every time you have a meal and save his meal if he doesn't eat it until he's hungry again... and not let him eat anything else until its gone... believe me he won'r starve. I hope this helps.

    Answer by Precious333 at 10:38 PM on May. 26, 2009

  • Precious gave some great suggestions, but you could also try making one dish meals. Make a pasta/rice dish of some sort and just add the veggies right in. If your kid is the type to push the veggies to the side, you could blend them in the food processor and basically puree them and add them to sauce. They would never even know it's in there and certainly won't be able to push it to the side. Good luck!

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 10:48 PM on May. 26, 2009

  • I've hidden veggies in sauce, meatloaf, mashed "potatoes" (was really cauliflower), muffins, cookies, and quick breads, even brownies. Fruit smoothies (made w/yogurt & fruit) are very popular in our house, as are fruit slushies (made with ice, water, pureed fruit & a dash of honey if needed for sweetness). Sliced apples or pears dipped in any flavor nut butter you like, or even honey or organic jam, is a wonderful snack. Have your child help you choose & prepare various fruits & veggies to get them used to touching & preparing nutritious meals & snacks. Let them get adventurous with their food choices too, no matter how "odd" or crazy they sound to you, and if they don't like what they've created, that's okay, there is always next time to try again. These are great ways to build a positive relationship with foods, any foods, not just the fruits & veggies.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 11:17 PM on May. 26, 2009

  • Wow momtoaspecialboy . . . those are great ideas . . I will store them in my mind for the future!

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 1:04 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • I hide a lot of veggis in chicken nuggets- just puree them in with raw chicken, shape dip in melted butter, then bread crumbs bake at 425 on a greased pan for 10-12 on each side. Homemade spinach noodles- you actually know how much spinach is in there- my daughter loves them- if you do not puree the spinach all the way they look really cool as they have darker green speckles throughout the noodle.

    Answer by me1982 at 1:17 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • If you let him be picky, he will grow into a picky adult. We need 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies, in at least 3 different colors a day. Make smoothies, including orange juice and kale; kale is loaded with calcium and iron, the vitamin C in the OJ increases the absorption of the iron.
    Kids love to dip: fruit slices in yogurt; veggies in hummus or salad dressing, whole wheat pasta in tomato sauce. Have you tried giving him frozen peas, corn and blueberries?
    Take hin to the grocery store with you and let him pick out a new fruit or veggie to introduce to the family. Take him to the library and check out a kids cook book (like Pretend Soup), and Herb the Dragon (he eat vegetables). Let him pick a dish to prepare for the family; he can also look at a kids cooking website:
    Insist that he have 3 bites of everything on her plate at every meal.
    Good luck.

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:04 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • Hide them in other foods. You can chop green pepper really fine and add to meatloaf, meatballs or hamburgers. You can shred zucchini, squash and carrots and add to pasta sauce. Add cauliflower to mashed potatoes. Make sweet potato fries. Chop up brussels sprouts really small and mix in spaghetti. Finely chopped broccoli can be added to mac and cheese. As for fruits, try whole fruit popsicles. Juicy Juice makes a juice that is full of veggies but tastes sweet like fruit juice. Fruit smoothies are another option. Call them shakes. With sweet potaotes, you can add a bit of butter and brown sugar and cinnamon. Yogurt with fruit in it.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:28 PM on May. 27, 2009

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