How do you sneak nutrients in your picky toddler's food?

Never is willing to take a bite of something to try it. Response always is I don't like it? Don't feel forcing a child to eat anything is right and Would never do this. Want to make sure he is developing on the inside properly by eating what he needs to eat?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:19 AM on Jul. 19, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • If he is younger, you may be able to get away with making finger foods that look really appealing. Like my dad would make celery stick with peanut butter. he would put tooth picks in them like legs and use raisins or nuts for a face. If that doesn't work, you may be able to take foods that he likes now and you can chop of veggies really small or use dried veggies and hide them in there. Lasagna, meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, cassaroles are really easy to do that with. I assume it is vegetables more than anything else you have a problem with.

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 11:38 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • when my 2 older kids were little I used to hide eggs in milk shakes.also if you mash up squash or corn you can hide it in mac & cheese.I have the same problem so this is also a bit tricky for me. John will not even look at it twice if he thimks it looks funny.

    Answer by johnsmom100 at 1:16 PM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • haha my kids are the same way....try giving them vitimans to make sure theyare getting all their nutrients. My doctor said that is fine if they dont alot of things...just let them eat what they want but never stop offering everything else too. If finally paid off for me, yesterday my son tried Tuna helper! Which he would never eat because of the little green things in it, and the tuna, he only liked plain noodles. NOW HE EATS IT!! Yay I think this is a step in the right direction.

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 1:54 PM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • Check out Jessica Seinfeld's book where she gives you recipes for sneaking pureed veggies into almost any kind of food!

    Answer by CaylaLU at 5:58 PM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • JUICES i give my kids al ot of carrot apple juice and stuff like that i and i put it in a colored cup so they cant tell

    Answer by Patience1 at 7:59 PM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • Puree vegtables and hide in cupcakes,muffins and same color great!

    Answer by rosetoes at 3:24 PM on Jul. 21, 2008

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  • yes you can put pureed veggies in to spaghetti sauce easy. my friends child would only eat sauce and crackers for a long time so that is what she did. you can also puree cauliflower and put it in to mashed potatos. my child was picky for her first two years, wouldn't eat meat except fish sticks. now she will eat anything. i think they all go through that.

    Answer by gindunn at 10:45 PM on Jul. 22, 2008

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  • When my daughter was younger she liked all sorts of things, now she calls them "YUKKY". We tried a drink called V8 Fusion, my daughter enjoys drinking it. The company claims it has a full amount of fruits and vegatables in every glass. If your child likes fruit and not the vegies, thats one way to do it. My 4 yr old likes it and when she's done with the first cup she asks for more. ;)

    Answer by mothervixen at 12:51 AM on Jul. 25, 2008

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  • My daughter doesn't eat any kind of vegetables and fruits if they are on pieces, that's why I'm preparing for her fresh fruit juices and cream soups. I put all kind of veggies in the soup and she don't mind and noticed, even the green one. I just put little feta cheese in it and crouton and she is eating everything.


    Answer by annisoft at 10:23 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

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