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My 21 mo. old dd hardly eats solids, she's still nursing. But when she does eat solids, besides apples, bananas, and strawberries, she has such a sweet tooth. I hate having sweet foods around the house but somehow she's had too much already. I always swore that my babies would never have soda until the age of 10. And somehow, when dh drinks soda, she knows it and wants some (the first time she drank soda was from her grandma giving her Coke a few months ago, even though I told my mom I never wanted her to have it!). That's just one of many examples....<br><br>
So my question is, what are some ideas of foods that picky toddlers love that will also get her started on a lifetime of healthy eating? Please help! I know there are a lot of you out there who have excellent diets!
 

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First off, you as her parents have to model healthy eating habits as well. It is hard for a toddler to grasp the concept of why she shouldn't be drinking soda if she sees mom/dad doing it, ykwim? My kids love anything dipped in peanut butter. For example, I have never given them raw sugar snap peas before and after one taste of it, they turned their noses up at it. However, I then gave them some peanut butter to dip it in and wouldn't you know, they gobbled it right up. I am not sure if your dd has any molars yet, but steamed veggies are a good option as well. If your dd likes pizza, how about little pizzas made from english muffins with veggies on top. You can hide just about any vegetable in muffins, sauces, pancakes and even smoothies. I would just try to make sure that there are always healthy options to chose from. It may be a little difficult at first...your dd is at the age when they start to exert their independence, but if you keep at it, chances are she will take to it. You may also want to check out <a href="http://www.wholesometoddlerfood.com" target="_blank">www.wholesometoddlerfood.com</a> for more ideas. I think it is great that you want to instill healthy eating habits in your dd. Good Luck!
 

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if it's not in the house it's not an issue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. We are not sugar free, or anything free. But the core of our diet is good wholesome food. I don't think it's an issue of having a taste of the not-so-healthy things, but making good food the brunt of your kids diets. I make cream of veggie soups and they love those
 

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Have you tried doing something like a snack tray? there's a great thread going to give you some good ideas. That wa, you can put some of her favorites in, and some new things to encourage her to try them. <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=257621" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=257621</a> I've got my own version of it posted here- <a href="http://cookingnt.com/kiddiefoods.aspx" target="_blank">http://cookingnt.com/kiddiefoods.aspx</a><br><br>
Otherwise, I agree with Lisa Marie- if it isn't in the house, she can't eat it! So get rid of the junk, and start exposing her to a variety of healthy food and she'll eventually catch on.
 
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