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How at get a 2 year old to eat more veggie?

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Asked by motherofCJ04 at 10:30 PM on Nov. 5, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Eat more veggies.

    Seriously. If your kid has rightly surmised that everyone else in the house eats a great deal more of everything else, they won't ever find them attractive.

    Also, serve them in a variety of ways: raw, shredded, steamed, baked, roasted, pureed... with familiar scents. If you never eat cumin, for example, don't try to get a small child to eat anything with cumin on it. But if you cook with cumin a lot, serve veggies in a way that they smell 'normal' to your kids in your home.

    Serve very, very small portions (like 2 tsp, not 2 tbsp) and lots of variety, so YOU don't get hung up on them eating a lot of anything. 2yos have a very, very small daily calorie intake --don't expect veggies to take up very much of their 4-600/day. They're not growing very fast anymore, so they aren't real hungry, so they can afford to hold out for the 'good' stuff, if they know it's going to appear.

    Answer by LindaClement at 10:39 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Don't serve sweets, then they will think the fruits and veggies are good.

    Answer by sew4heaven at 11:35 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Just keep offering it to them (in small portions), maybe a different one each meal or day. My almost 3-year-old isn't a fan of veggies (even though he sees me eating it all the time), but I always try to give him a little bit. Right now he'll eat peas with a little butter and raw carrot sticks. Sometimes, if he's interested in some chicken & rice, I'll finely chop up some steamed broccoli and carrots and mix them in with the chicken and rice. Thankfully, he easier with the fruit.

    Answer by phoofy at 12:22 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • I'm still trying to figure that one out with my 3 1/2 year old. We don't have sweets in my house. I offer veggies with just about every meal (except breakfast...but sometimes there's tomato etc. in an omelet. ). My 2 1/2 year old LOVES veggies...he even eats broccoli...but the older one won't go near ANY of it *sigh*

    Answer by mainemusicmaker at 8:12 AM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Your child may be in what I call the air-o-tarian phase; they all go through it. First, make sure that she/he is drinking water, so she/he doesn't get dehydrated. Most important, do not create a monster who only eats nuggets, mac and cheese and hot dogs.
    Just keep offering a variety of healthy foods, and eventually they will get eaten.
    Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn. Chunks of avocado and tofu are loaded with great nutrition, and are fun to squish between little fingers.
    I have never met a toddler who wouldn't eat hummus (lots of calcium, protein, good fats and iron), you can mix it with a mashed egg.
    Offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:06 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Only offer veggies. Cut them up in little squares or sticks

    Answer by Momforhealth at 10:48 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • puree it into other foods, like bars or meatloaf, meatballs, sauces

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 1:27 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • are you & dh eating veggies? Set a good example, and keep offering. Maybe try some dipping sauces too, like ranch

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 10:46 AM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • Make sure you're serving them a lot and eating them, also. My son loves vegetables. It's just what he's grown up eating. You can also try dipping them in hummus.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 12:59 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • Some kids (people) just don't like certain foods, shoving veggies down their throat is not going to make kids like them.
    Try sneaking them into other foods they will eat.
    Great cookbook for recipe ideas, How to cheat on your husband in the kitchen.

    Answer by wellnessgirl at 1:59 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

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