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My 19 month old will have NOTHING to do with veggies, I've tried all forms cooked raw, sliced diced, canned fresh, juiced, in soups stews, MAC Ncheese, pured, ect ect, and nothing she wont even atempt to try them, I have even tried those crappy Veggie dogs and stuff I swear she has a built in anti Veggie device. She loves meat, and fresh fruits, cheeses and yogurts, we are also still nursing, but I really worry about her complete lack of veggies from her diet. Any suggestions?<br><br>
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I doubt that this will last forever, so keep offering them to her at every meal and eventually she'll just eat them for you. I wouldn't make a big deal about it, though. Just put them on her plate or high chair tray and act like it's no big deal. Also make sure she sees you eating the same foods, too.<br><br>
Have you tried sweet potatoes? My dd loves them and sometimes that is all she'll eat. She also will go through phases when she'll only eat veggies if they come from soup. I make a good chicken noodle soup with carrots and green beans and peas and she'll eat them that way, too. I don't give her a bowl of soup to eat, but I take out the noodles and the veggies and small pieces of chicken and she eats them with her fingers off of the tray.<br><br>
When my oldest was small, we went through a non-veggie phase and I bought purreed veggies and mixed them into her favorite foods whenever possible. She never knew it.<br><br>
I'm so tired forgive me if this seems choppy... It's early and I'm just waking up....I need a cup of coffee desperately
 

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We have one of those. The ironic thing is, he would eat them as a one year old, but some time about age two he stopped and nothing that was veggie would go down. We decided not push the veggie issue at all. We will offer veggies and once in a blue moon he will have a nibble, but that is the most he will eat. Usually his veggie comes in the form of a french fry. We have managed to get him to eat carrots or sweet potatoes when cut up as french fries and baked in the oven with regular french fries a couple of times, but that was it. We tried the pureed veggie route a few times, but that started to make him not trust his food.<br><br>
Our strategy is to feed him as much of the other healthy stuff as he will eat. We feel it is important to supplement with a multivitamin since he isn't getting those nutrients through food.
 

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I think the most important thing is to not stress about it, b/c I really believe that our children can read our stress about stuff like this. The best gift you can give your kids is a happy and relaxed attitude about food.<br><br>
My dd also eats very few vegetables. She loves little carrots dipped in peanut butter, and likes peas. That's about it. Oh, and corn, though I don't really counts that as a vegetable.<br><br>
Does your dc like frozen things? For some reason, my dd really prefers frozen peas and corn to heated.<br><br>
She is growing well, healthy and happy.<br><br>
With my baby on the way, the thing I'm promising myself is to worry less about solid food!
 

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I agree- just keep offering and don't make a show about it. With my kids I serve them what we eat each night and I don't remark on what they do or don't eat (within reason). At times they won't eat certain things- but overall there are no foods they won't ever eat.<br>
As kids go through growth spurts and lulls there seem to be foods they desire and despise, but it seems if we don't make assumptions they come around to eating various things.<br>
If you're really worried there are supposed to be these "juice plus" vitamins that are dried fruits and veggies instead of extracted vitamins and minerals. I've not researched them greatly though- so I don't know a lot about them.
 

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Aaaah...the Great Veggie Battle...I know it well. At 1 yr my ds was eating every vegetable in site but now at almost 17 mos his food is finely sifted through until every vegetable-like product is thrown to the floor where it properly belongs!<br><br>
Does your dd like pasta with tomato sauce? If so then it's easy to hide some spinach or carrot or other veggie in it by pureeing it into the sauce.<br><br>
My ds will also occasionally still eat a veggie pancake: grated potato/carrot/ zucchini/ etc mixed with flour, egg, spices. Squeeze off excess water & fry or bake. Maybe dipped in yogurt?<br><br>
What about some healthy carrot or zucchini muffins.<br><br>
When you've juiced the veggies, is the veggie taste hidden or is it still rather strong? If it's a strong veggie taste then maybe try to tone it down with some apple or other fruit. Or make a fruit smoothie and just add a little finely chopped green veg like spinach or kale into it.<br><br>
Ditto for trying frozen peas. My ds also like to gnaw on his own corn on the cob.<br><br>
You mentioned that dd likes meat. Maybe puree some veggies into meatballs?<br><br>
Also, this recipe is fabulous. Got it from a Nutrition & Good Eating thread, care of e.Rishavy. My son scarfs them down. I leave out the green onion & I tend to spice the patties so they have a pumpkin pie flavour. I also often add pureed carrot or cauliflower to the recipe or I use almonds instead of pecans, etc etc.<br><br>
"Sweet potato-maple-millet-pecan patties:<br><br>
2 sm/1 lg sweet potato or garnet yams (peeled and diced or sliced into smaller bits)<br>
1/2 cup millet<br>
1 cup pecans (chopped)<br>
3-4 scallion/green onion stalks (diced - i use the whole stalk)<br>
1-1 1/2 cup maple syrup<br>
salt and pepper to taste<br><br>
boil/steam the potatoes; in a seperate pan cook the millet in 1.5 cups of water; drain the potatoes and mash them until lumpy close to smooth; drain the millet; add the millet and rest of the ingredients to the potatoes; let cool for a few minutes; form the mixture into patties how ever big you want (they do not shrink/expand); place patties on a baking sheet; in a 375-400c preheated oven bake until firm (you can also grill these or wrap them in tinfoil and throw them on the grill too)<br><br>
This will make 8 - 10 medium patties"<br><br><br>
Good luck, mama.
 

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I wish I could help, but my almost 2 year old hasn't eaten a veggie in months. He will occasionaly put something up to his mouth but never eats it. I even made zuchinni cookies with lemon frosting once and he wouldn't touch them. He won't eat anything that I try to hide veggies in. I hope he grows out of this soon. I always give him some when we are eating them with our meal and he sees us eat them. He will just give them back to me. I do give him a vitamin since he is no longer nursing. He loves the My First Flinestones.
 

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My dd is also a non-veggie eater. She will eat raw carrots with ranch dressing or celery with pb but that's about it.<br><br>
The Whole Foods here carries a fruit/veggie juice blend called Vruit that she loves - and that at least gets some beet juice, spinach juice, etc. into her.<br><br><a href="http://www.americansoy.com/VruitMain.html" target="_blank">http://www.americansoy.com/VruitMain.html</a><br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Thanks At least I know I'm not alone. I guess I'll just keep doing what I am offering them to her but not making a big deal if she doesn't eat them. Laast week she suddenly ate two carrot sticks so I guess their is help. Maybe I'll try some muffins ect, UMMMM Muffins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><b>Aaaah...the Great Veggie Battle...I know it well. At 1 yr my ds was eating every vegetable in site but now at almost 17 mos his food is finely sifted through until every vegetable-like product is thrown to the floor where it properly belongs!</b><br>
Yep know this well! Though my DD has never really eatten veggies, but lately its gotton worse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> I used to be able to give veggies in stews or pastas ect, not anymore! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
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I have the same problem here! Colton will eat potatoes thank goodness! I do grate carrot into muffins, pancakes and biscuits. Don't give up!
 

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2.5 yo DD isn't into veggies either. I'm still in denial about avocado and tomatoes, so I can pretend that she does eat some. As soon as she was old enough to chew them, I started giving her Yummi Greens supplements. They are a slightly sweetened (with xylitol) animal shaped tablet consisting of wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina, kelp and maybe something else. She loves them though they smell so kelpy to me that I can't bring myself to try one. I still offer her veggies at least one meal a day and don't comment if she doesn't eat them. Occasionally she'll gnaw away at a raw carrot, and I try to hide my joy. She'll also drink a homemade mixture of fresh carrot, apple, ginger and spinach... I think because I'd make them for myself and was always hesitant to give her any because the ginger was so strong. Go figure.
 

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My DD is JUST like this. I figure that when I was little, I hated everything but hamburgers, and now I'm a vegetarian, so this too shall pass!
 

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There are a couple juices along the lines of "Green Machine" (I think that one is an Odwalla juice?) that have lots of veggies - even spinach, broccoli and spirulina - but are in an apple-juice base so they taste sweet and juicey - my dd loves them. And I love them for the days that she eats cheese, cheese and more cheese all day long!<br><br>
Another idea I have heard is to mix pureed veggies (maybe start with cauliflower so it is really hidden!) in with mashed potatoes. I haven't tried that one, but it sounded like a good idea.<br><br>
I agree with the other mamas who have suggested to keep offering veggies, but don't make too big a deal out of ot when they are refused.
 

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My 3 yo always would eat frozen peas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">: She still likes them cold. And cuke discs.<br><br>
I think they outgrow this phase someday. Now, she'll eat asparagus, corn, cucumbers, and spaghetti squash with butter and cheese. But that's about it...she is a healthy, thriving child. Somehow they manage <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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