My son doesn't like eating vegetable, any good ideas to change it?

@youless (93084)
Guangzhou, China
April 29, 2007 9:52am CST
My son is nearly 3 years old. He doesn't like eating vegetable at all. On the contrary, he likes meats. Usually I cut the vegetable into very little bit pieces, then hide it in his food. Sometimes it works. Nowadays he becomes smarter, and he sees through this trick. It will become a trouble when he goes to the kindergarten. Anyone can give me any idea to let him eat more vegetable?
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@sabwinner (499)
• China
29 Apr 07
Hi, youless. Firstly, I'd like to say you don't have to worry about it,my friends. Your son just did what most of kids' do. I believe you don't like to eat vegetable either when you was a child,at least I don't. Secondly,could you be more strict to your son? What do you usually do? If you say unless you eat these vegetable first I won't give you any meat or icecream, have you tried this way? At last, if this doen't work, maybe you just keep it going when he dislike the vegetables too much. I believe kids can accept more kind of food as they getting older.
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@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 07
I have to accept that the strict way won't work for my son. I have to be soft to him and sometimes he will listen to me. Except for eating the vegetable:)
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@touchnshine (2821)
• India
4 May 07
You know he needs to learn good nutritional habits, not just for now, but for the future to protect against diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Talk to him and explain the reasons for eating him vegetables. Fix them for the family dinner and insist that he at least taste everything you've prepared. When I did this with my siblings, they discovered that they actually LIKE some vegetables. You might also have him doctor talk with him. If these measures fail, then maybe it's time to withhold some privileges. Also, do you set a good example for him. Is there junk food in the house? It's hard, but you're the adult, he's the child. You're still the boss. Good luck.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
4 May 07
My child may be too little to understand the advantage of vegetable. It's not easy for him to know what's wrong and what's right. My trick is hide the vegetable into his food, or distract him to something else.
• United States
30 Apr 07
My pediatrician once told me that when they are ready they will eat. That means that if your son is not ready to eat veggies, he will not eat them. You have to remember that a child's taste buds are different than an adult's and that the taste of vegetables is stronger on a child's tongue. Some things that you like may not taste good to him now, but as he gets older, that will change. One way I got my children to eat their veggies when they were little was to trick them (Yes, mothers are allowed to do what they have to do sometimes :) I would make squash casserole, and tell my kids it was pie, and they could not have any until they finished their dinner. Well, it worked every time, and now, as adults, squash casserole is the favorite of all of my kids. You could try baked sweet potatoes, creamed corn, give him uncooked carrot sticks, celery with peanut butter on it. Or, make some of any veggie you like and don't put any on his plate. When YOU eat it, go "mmmmmm, this is so good!" or something like that, and if he asks for some, just give him a bite of it. And, if he doesn't like it, don't force him to eat anymore. Children learn to like vegetables from their parents, so if he sees you enjoying them, he will learn to like them too.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Good idea, thanks. Maybe children really needs time to like vegetable. Maybe I ignore this reason.
@kumar27 (129)
• India
30 Apr 07
try carrot and make sweets of carrots.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Thanks for your advice.
• India
30 Apr 07
why not add some brown cream and make it look like a chocolate? It may be funny.but why not give it a try??
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
My son isn't interested in chocolate or something like that.
@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
30 Apr 07
Maybe you can try to mix the food together.When you have some meat you can mix it with potatoes and vegetables. Than he will not be able to hide it because it's all in one.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Sometimes I'm wondering whether it'll taste good to mix all the food together.
@Hydale (206)
• China
30 Apr 07
My niece has the same problem as your son,she never eat the rice in dinner,just eat the socks all the time. My older sister caught her when the time was for dinner,then she will cry to refuse the dinner directly. No idea for my naughty niece! Then in the kindergarten,much better than before,my niece start to eat the rice and finish the dinner,because of my niece learned the other kid what they did in the kindergarten.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Maybe the kindergarten is the best way:)
• India
30 Apr 07
ok,its not new problem among tiny childrens.The main problem we gave them choclets,toffees to to stop the nussience created by them.As they don't understand the nutritional value of vegetables,so first of you have to stop giving tasty things to him .make interest in some tasty fruits!
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
In fact my son just doesn't like eating vegetable and fruits. His other diet seems fine. Such as he doesn't eat candies, chocolate and so on. He also likes water than juice.
@varun23 (902)
• India
30 Apr 07
Oh this is a very common problem I guess! Even I was almost like ur Son ! I guess u will have to try to supplement it with all the other foods which give him the right nutrition until he by himself understands the importance of vegetables n all the stuff !
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Thanks:)
• India
30 Apr 07
All the childrens at this age don't like vegetables more and they expect the eatables should be sweet and tasty. So we should prepare the food as muchas tasty to them as they like. Prepare the food with variety of vegetables with tasty as they wants. Or otherwise you can prepare soups with different flavours and feed them daily.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Thanks for telling me this.
@creb11 (416)
• China
30 Apr 07
I agree the first responds,the fun is most important.I have another idea,maybe it is not a good idea,but just listen.Tell some story about small animals and let him know how lovely of the animals.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Nowadays the children can have their own views. I told him that eating vegetable is a good boy and asked him whether he wanted to be good. He said yes. Then I asked him whether he could eat vegetable, then he replied no:)
@mellyoz (447)
• Australia
30 Apr 07
I get my kids to help make soup and it seems to work but i see you have got a lot of help so fingers crossed some thing might work
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Thanks a lot:)
@pclife (246)
• Malaysia
30 Apr 07
try to make vegetable juices..it easy & nice..I always make carrot juice ...
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
I wish my son could drink juice...
@zjenikka (292)
• Philippines
30 Apr 07
You have the same problem with my sister. Her kid was so difficult to feed witd vegetables. Then I told her to buy a blender and make a shake out of the vegetables then add milk. Just like making a fruit shake. It worked!! The kid loved it.. The kids problem now is he is overweight.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Children's diet is always the parents' headache.
• Malaysia
30 Apr 07
i think if that's the case.. you have to ask him to take more vitamin pills.. or you can buy some product where they actually break the vegetables into powder form.. and you can make it as a drink for him.. i think it's possible to add flavor to the drink.. and then you don't have to worry anymore whether he's taking enough vegetables or not.. because i think it works this way... recent;y i just bought a product.. and that product is actually the powder made up from 15 kinds of vegatables.. it's very good for our body as it provides all the needed vitamins.. you can get more information from others.. i'm sure you have that product in your country too =)
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
I may not give my son vitamin pills. After all, they are still a kind of medicine, and I prefer to use something naturally. The strange thing is he likes water than juice.
• United States
30 Apr 07
I would say put the veggies in the blender and purree them...then make a nice cheese sauce...and add the veggies and cheese sause..making a gravy of both vegetable and cheese sauce...or you can cut up veggies real small and pour cheese sauce over it.. you could also create a little pizza with very finely chopped vegetables ..meats and then lots of motzerells;)+
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Thanks for your information.
@mansha (6301)
• India
29 Apr 07
I would say try more innovative ways of mixing things up. I still do it for my seven year old. The battle has started mom gear up. I hide veggies in his ergers, pizzas, I first blanch the greens and any other thing he doesn't like and then mix it in small quantities in cutlets or dressings. Its so mashed up that it looks like sauce and he never knows what he has eaten. thats the only way. cutlets and stuffed Indian Paranthas are the best places to hide veggies in.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Your method is similar with mine, but I hope I will have a good way to let him eat more vegetable. Especially if he can eat the vegetable rather than mixing it with meat, then it'll be fantastic.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Hi youless, I just had a discussion with the nutritionist on my job about one of my parents who complain that her son will NOT eat any veggies. The nutritionist suggested the parent puree veggies and put them in pasta sauces, cook the meats in the sauces and such. Her son now gets veggies without his knowledge. She also said to try raw veggies with dips. Celery is very good with peanut butter. You can try baby carrots with ranch dip. The children in my school love trying new veggies as long as they can dip them. And they eat their salads as long as they have salad dressing. Hope this help...Take care...
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
As parents, we have to always change our tricks so that our children may eat vegetable. Thanks for your share.
@aluken (50)
• Canada
29 Apr 07
I boil the veggies one type at time or rather per meal for about 3-5 minutes then blend it using miracle blender since it has small containers to use. I use small amounts of water or meat/vegetable both to blend to make a thick soup and feed. Variations to this would be peas soup then add the blended vegetable after the soup/peas pureed is cooked fully. Sometimes I mix both meat and vegetables and blend to the desired consistency. I find that my children like their foods well seasoned not spicy of course but if you like to eat it then it is tasty for them too.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Oh, I haven't thought out this way yet. It's not very common for us to blend all the foods together.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I love the first response, it's ingenious! Another idea I had is if you son will eat meatloaf. You can cut up potatoes, carrots, green beans or add peas and corn, and mix the vegetables in with the meat before you bake it. During the baking everything gets soft and mixes together (especially potatoes and carrots) so its harder to see them while eating. We used to add zucchini and squash to spaghetti sauce. Maybe vegetable juice would be a good way to make sure he's getting enough servings.
@youless (93084)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 07
Yeah, the first reply is very helpful. My son is very careful, if he sees there is something like vegetable in the meat, he refuses to eat it. So mixing the vegetable and meat together may not let him eat it. I have to always think out new methods faster him:)