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I have been having a hard time getting my finger food eating toddler to eat vegetables. When he was eating baby food, he would eat squash, green beans, sweet potatoes and corn. Now he spits out all his vegetables. I tried baking them, and steaming them and still no luck. I tried changing the consistency since he is a picky eater but still that has not work.<br><br>
I am trying to get him to eat a balance meal and I have been achieving that daily except for his vegetables portions.<br><br>
Any ideas on how to get him to eat his vegetables?<br><br>
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My DD is crazy for quinoa, so I mince veggies and meat, sometimes, and mix it in with that. She also really likes edamame for a snack. HTH!
 

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My DD (almost 2) likes edamame too. Her favorite veggie is broccoli. She will eat it plain, but she prefers it with butter/olive oil and parmesan cheese on it. I first started getting her to eat broccoli by mixing it in with pasta and tomato sauce (and parmesan cheese of course.) I find that my DD will eat almost anything if it is covered in parmesan cheese.<br><br>
Have you tried mixing small pieces of veggies in with pasta or rice. If it is covered with tomato sauce, sometimes they don't notice that they aren't eating just pasta.
 

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Yup, I'd continue to experiment with how they are prepared. DD will eat a little bit if I just put butter or olive oil on them. If I melt cheddar cheese on broccoli, for example, she'll eat them more. She also likes cheese sauce, so I make a litte and put it on whatever veggies we're having. She won't eat cauliflower plain, but loves it breaded with panko breadcrumbs.<br><br>
I think the key is to make them interesting and mix them with other foods. I don't think you necessarily have to hide the veggies, but just give them a lot of flavor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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a few things that work for Aidan (22 mo), is to juice a few and add them to his smoothies , and when we go grocery shopping, I hit the salad bar first, put together a container of all sorts of things that he can choose from and he happily munches away while he rides...that works great! He even nibbles the spinach leaves while I sing a caterpillar song or two....lol.<br>
also think about his balance over a weeks time maybe, rather than daily, I bet your wee one evens things out even though it looks a little pickier than you wish. I hear toddlers just...are....picky! lol<br>
I also mix veggies with grains or rice noodles and he likes those ok. Sometimes I add grated veggies to muffins , breads and salmon cakes. Those work well too.<br><br>
good luck Mama!!Let us know if you find any other veggie magic!!<br><br>
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My daughter is 28 mths. i do something similar like mentioned above, i have snacks and veggie munchies from the salad bar for my DD she thinks it is cool and loves to munch. also , i puree carrots and add them to my sauces, sometimes i have to adjust the salt or add a dash of sugar so it is not too noticeable. i also add veggies to smoothies. this is some of what else we try:<br>
--chopped spinach with cheese in her egg<br>
--cheesy potatoes- with regular and sweet potatoes mashed, made it first x w/ a little yam and gradually increased it<br>
--carrot, spinach, cabbage, kale, collard greens minced or pureed in casseroles and in sauces. the collards pureed or spinach with a cream sauce and garlic over pasta she loves.<br>
--veggie fun, i will core a cucumber, stuff a carrot in it and slice.<br>
--also dipping veggies in dips she LOVES, she eats alot of dip and some veggie too. usually i do yogurt and avocado mixed or salad dressing.<br><br>
hth!<br>
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Pizza or pasta with sauce <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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What foods does he like? What consistency are they? Sauce is kind of hard because it is cooked so long that you lose a lot of the vitamins.<br><br>
Does your son like hard foods? What about raw veggies?<br><br>
And if he liked the baby purees, well... could you give him those? I mean, why not? When I was in high school it was a fad for the girls to eat those baby foods <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> so it's not like there's an upward limit, you know?
 

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I had good luck mixing baby food or purees into yogurt--my child never did realize that yogurt doesn't usuallyl come in spinach flavor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Toddlers eat veggies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: who knew?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Seriously though, I just go with what he'll eat on any given day.
 

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mine like frozen peas, blanched sugar peas (they are just fun to eat), roasted yams w/ butter, and cheese on steamed broccoli, carrot sticks blanched. DIP DIP DIP. they love to dip veggies in ranch (homemade)
 

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I wish that would work for us but it seems that Andrew thinks that the veggies are just a delivery system to get the dip in his mouth.
 

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another vote for the smoothies, if he'll drink them. We have luck freezing them into popsicles, too. You can add avocado, kale, all sorts of stuff.<br><br>
DD also likes the freeze dried fruits and veggies (Just Tomatoes brand)...they're crunchy, and aren't filled with corn syrup or other junk.<br><br>
At that age, too, getting DD involved in preparing meals helped her want to eat more of the things we made together. Also incorporating some pretend play...DD pretends she's a monkey eating a banana, etc.<br><br>
I also hope planting a small garden this spring will encourage DD to eat more veggies by getting her involved in the planting, tending, and harvesting.
 
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