As with DS #1, DS#2 loved veggies pureed like spinach, green beans, squash and especially peas when he was much younger. Now, we give him some peas or other green vegetable along with his other food, it's a no-go. He'll try a pea and make a face. Strangely, though, he happily eats those Gerber "lil' meals" that I'd love to do away with, but he tried it once and gobbles it up, mac & cheese and veggies, pasta stars and veggies, and turkey stew and veggies mixed in like corn, carrots, peas, etc. All goopy and even though the nutritional content isn't bad, it's high in salt. I have him eating Happy Bites more, which are organic meals that have "hidden veggies" in them but they taste good because they're fried (salmon sticks, mac & cheese, chicken bites), so the breading is not so great. Plus I don't always want to hide food - I want him eventually to eat what we eat, and not have "kiddie" foods. It's hard since he's in daycare all day, but I want to try harder at home and not go on autopilot.
When he eats our food, he loves sweet potatoes and maybe some corn and that's it. If it's hidden, he'll eat it and won't make a face, but if he sees it coming, no way. No carrots, no broccoli, no squash, no peas, and nothing at all leafy in front of him! DS#1 is just coming around to eating salads and a wide range of veggies but he's 4, and it was such a struggle to get here... I want to start earlier with DS #2 and take advantage of the strong appetite DS #1 never had!
Any ideas?? I'm envious of moms who say that have kids who naturally love veggies...
I'd also like to get him off formula but he's not too keen on cow's milk. Since he doesn't eat a lot of veggies or legumes, I'm concerned about the lack of calcium and Vit D, so I'm considering trying fortified almond milk with him. He has no trouble with dairy since he loves yogurt, eggs, and cheese with no reactions.