Child that wont eat veggies!

United States
August 16, 2009 12:18am CST
My daughter is almost 19 months old, and I swear the only vegetable that she will actually put in her mouth and eat is corn! Yeah that is great, but the green vegetables are the most important. She starts to pick up some peas, but then realizes they arent corn, so she squishes them *rolls eyes* lol... And then with green beans or carrots, she will put them in her mouth, take one chew and then spits them out. I NEED HELP HERE! I know she isn't getting enough vegetables, and corn isnt enough for her nutritional diet, I know that! We have to give her V8 Fusion with fruits & veggies, just to help her with her servings. Please help with any tips or ideas! Thanks!
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@youless (93173)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Aug 09
It is very strange that children don't like eating vegetables. My child is the same. When he was little, he didn't eat anything that were green. I tried to make him mashed potato and I was glad that he liked it. At least it is a kind of vegetable that he can accept. Try to cook your vegetable in different way and make it have a nice shape. This situation may change especially when your child goes to the kindergarten. The teacher will have methods to let children eat vegetables. I love China
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@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
16 Aug 09
When my daughter was the same age as your daughter is now, I would put vegetables inside other things so she didn't know they were there. I'd make a meatloaf or chicken loaf and put in finely cut zucchini, peas, beans, carrots etc into the recipe. I also made a lot of soups that needed to be blended so she couldn't see chunks of vegetables - like broccoli or cauliflower soup - and she'd eat them because she couldn't see what was in them. She eats all sorts of vegetables now and she's four, but getting her used to them was the hard part when she was younger.
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• United States
18 Aug 09
Will she eat mashed potatoes? You can puree other veggies into that as well as spaghetti sauce. I also found a great recipie for Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread, there's zucchini in it so it is somewhat healthy but it tastes tooo good for one to assume there's a veggie in there. There's also a book on how to hide veggies ect. I don't recall the title as someone had suggested it to me.
• United States
18 Aug 09
I know that we should eat more mashed potatoes, when i was growing up all I ate was mashed potatoes almost every night, because my mom was a huge fan of homemade mashed potatoes. Well, my husband hates them, so we eat other potatoes, like american fries, hashbrowns, etc. Maybe I will start doing that more, just for her so that she can get more of her veggies in her diet. There is a book out there for that? o0o0o I will definitely have to look into that. Thanks!
@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I have read in the parenting magazines that we need to keep offering the kids vegetables over and over again at every meal until they will finally accept it. I admit that did not work for us. Fortunately our boys love spaghetti and spaghetti-O's in a can and the sauces are loaded with vegetables. If you can get your daughter to drink V8 Fusion, you are already doing good. They also sell those vegetable vitamin supplements, I saw them for sale one day. Our boys still won't eat many vegetables but a nutritionist told us to keep trying and keep doing the spaghetti sauces. We have tried adding vegetables to other foods and that worked with one child but the other one found it! We just aren't sneaky enough to get anything passed him!
• United States
17 Aug 09
I have heard of all the ideas, like mixing it in the food and everything, but she is just TOO good for that, its not even fair! lol... I guess we dont offer them that much, she eats corn often though. I think maybe we will try that, just attempt to give her the green veggies every day - thats something new I havent heard! Thank you!!!! But yes she loves the fruity/veggie tasting V8, but the regular v8 she wont touch lol, which is all right, because the other ones have full servings of fruits AND veggies in a cup, so thats awesome :)
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Aug 09
try vegetable soup with meat in it,most kids will eat that when they refuse veggies, experiment with mixing corn' with other veggies also. mashed potatoes would be good with corn, soft green veggies like zucchini would mash up with potato aNd the corn, I never met a child who wou ldnt eat mashed potatoes/try soup with baby food veggies mixed in and lots of beef flavor she might like that. it may be the texture of some veggies too. maKe a soup with V8 and sneak in some mashed 'veggies,bet she will eat it as she cannot spit out mashed veggies. good luck.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Hmm... if you cook it good in meals doesn't help her to eat, maybe you could try to do some rewards thing like tell her tio eat veggies regularly so mama will give you candy once a month for her being good.(If candy is not good for her yet, maybe you can try teddy bear? It might help when she gets used to eating vegetables and find them tasty.
@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
One theory of feeding children with veggies is during the time you are br*astfeeding your baby. They said that when you eat veggies and br*astfeeding your baby; the taste of the veggies as well as its nutrients will go to your milk thereby introducing veges early. Back to your problem. I think it would be best for you to look for recepies that incorporate vegetables but masking its taste. There are also certain food that they call "vegemeat" that looks and taste like meat but they are actually vegetables.In time the baby will start liking vege. You also can give additional dietary supplements. for the additional nutrients that can be lost during the coing process. I hope it helped you.