Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Works-For-Me-Wednesday- how to get munchkins to eat veggies?

So, here it is again backwards day at Works-for-me-Wednesday at Shannon's blog, Rocks in my Dryer. And my question to you brilliant Mommys at large is this... How to get my two children BOY & GIRL, ages 3 and 3, yet not twins (which really has very little to do with this question) to eat veggies? As babies they gobbled baby food jars with veggies. Now...I am never clever enough to outwit them. So, please tell to do it! Thanks in advance.

Don't forget to stop by Rocks in My Dryer to see all the questions posted on backwards day and to pick up wonderful ideas!

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  1. I've been successful with the recipes in The Sneaky Chef and Deceptively Delicious. The veggies are pureed, hidden, and eaten!

    :) Lisa

  2. You also should try putting the veggies out every night at supper no matter what. The more used they get to seeing them, the more likely they are to eat them.

  3. one step further beyond what andrea said -- a bit of it on their plates each dinner too. maybe they don't have to eat it but at least it's there. eventually...they'll eat it. (we hope!)

  4. I too use the "Deceptively Delicious" cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld to add veggies into my meals for my 2 year old. It has really been great! I still, however, put veggies on his plate each night b/c it would ROCK if he would actually eat the veggies. I also use the V8 Fusion juice (I use the light b/c it has less sugar) b/c it adds more servings of fruits and veggies.

  5. Two words. Ranch dip. It's amazing what they will eat if they can dunk it first. We also have the one bit rule at our house. You have to eat one bite or you don't leave the table. Sprout can sit there for a long long time. Spud figured it out much faster. He will even ask for more broccoli now. If only that worked on his dad!
    They also really enjoy Veggietales and seem to like to eat Bob and Larry and their assorted friends.
    They also like the mini versions of veggies, ie cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, etc. It's more fun to have a whole one I guess.
    I'm jsut too lazy to puree and hide, so these things work for me.

  6. My kids will eat any salad as long as it has olives in it. We buy pitted olives & cut them into the salad like another vegetable. All 5 of them love it (ages 14, 11, 11, 2-1/2 & 19 months).

    They also love plain broccoli & call it 'little trees'...

  7. Serve a main dish that includes vegetables. You can fill up enchiladas with black beans and veggies, or try these:

    Good luck!

  8. vegetables? you're serious? wow. umm...yeah...i have no idea.

  9. At every meal, except breakfast, I put a big bowl of cut up veggies and 1 or 2 smaller bowls with ranch dressing out on the table while I am prepping dinner. After they set the table, they can hang out and dip their veggies before dinner. If the meal is fancier, like a roast or special occasion, I do a green salad instead and let them eat it first. It eliminates me having to bug them to get to the table when dinner's still hot, and from wanting an unhealthy snack before dinner. BUT, they do still have to have a taste of the cooked veggie(s) I prepared with dinner, before leaving the table. Make it fun, let them pick out different colors of veggies at the store,good luck!

  10. Ranch dip (or TJs Veggie Dip) for veggies.

    Plain yogurt (unsweetened) and honey for fruit.

    Once in a while the girls will eat some veggies on their own - broccoli, avocado and green beans are their favorites - but more often than not they leave the green stuff behind. The dip is a nice incentive.

  11. Thanks for all the great comments ladies. I'm inspired. Dip, dip and more dip and I'll be checking out some web links.


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