How do you get your child to eat veggies

United States
July 23, 2009 8:23pm CST
My granddaughter is a very picky eater she refuses to eat veggies of any kind will even gag if you try to feed them to her she loves only certin foods mac and cheese and chicken nuggets she is four years old, How do you get your child to eat his or her veggies? Or are you faced with the same problem.
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@ckhair13 (185)
• United States
24 Jul 09
My problem isn't with the veggies, its with fruit. She will not eat fruit unless its like applesauce or banana pudding that sorta thing. She doesn pretty good with the veggies, she really likes peas, corn & potatoes...but she is a lot younger then your granddaughter...was she always like that from the time she started with table food?
• United States
24 Jul 09
Yes she was always like that.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
24 Jul 09
When my children were small, I let them eat whatever they wanted to. They ate fruit, so veggies were not that mandatory. My older daughter didn't begin to eat veggies until she went to England during her junior year of college. She was embarrassed not to eat them in front of the other students. Now she's almost a vegetarian. My younger daughter eats them now, too. I don't remember when she started to, but not as a little kid. I found if I made a fuss about veggies, it made mealtime a battle ground. Not something I enjoyed.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
Kids three year old and above are indeed picky eaters but as they say, early practice would make hem live with it.My 7-year old child would eat only some veggies that she is already familiar with - brocolli, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and water spinach. She doesn'teat some so what I do is either I slice it thinly and add it in her omelet or dry it and powderize it (for some veggies as the moringa leaves). One recipe that my mom introduced is the ground pork omelet with string beans sliced thinly. ssautee first the pork with onion and garlic and then cook the meat and the veggies. You can add other ceggies as well but make sure that on your first try, add little amount of veggies only so that your kid will not be able to detect it. Try decorating the food. For Mac and cheese, try adding grated carrots.
• United States
24 Jul 09
I think that the problem most people have when feeding children veggies is that it is often something that is forced upon them. and often times when something is forced upon someone, especially a child, they are more than likely to not want it or be weary of it. also, we often try to "reward" children with dessert, subconsciously alerting them that vegetables are a bad thing. another problem we have is that we don't dress up vegetables the way we should. vegetables we try to give children are steamed or boiled or often times raw where the bitter flavors of the vegetable are more profound. when a child is still developing, their taste buds are too. using dressings (like ranch or italian or thousand island or even cheese) putting vegetables within the main course (like adding pieces of broccoli in mac and cheese, adding vegetables to spaghetti sauce or even a stir-fry) Allowing the child to watch or help with the meal as whole, does help in them wanting to eat all of the food "they prepared". With my children, I introduced vegetables and the reasons why we eat them by bringing them with me to farmer's markets, local farms and things of that nature so that they understood the importance of vegetables in our lives and made it a fun subject to talk about. We've also recently started a vegetable and herb farm in the backyard so that they could be proud of what they are growing and soon, eating. Also, along with putting vegetables directly in the meal...making the meal look "fun" makes a big difference. Making smiley face on a plate or fun colors to notice (bell peppers/radishes are good for this) are a big deal to children when eating. As a chef, I know that EVERYONE eats with their eyes and ears first and then with their mouths. So, if a child sees and hears how great vegetables are, they will want to taste it. Also, there are a lot of recipe books you can find that make healthy kids meals that they will want to eat.
• Canada
24 Jul 09
I don't have kids, but my husband had kids during his previous marriages. They're all adults now. The way he got them to eat vegetables was to send them all out to the vegetable garden, to pick WHATEVER THEY WANTED, and he and his ex-wife would prepare the vegetables however the family liked them. It was great!! The kids had a choice, and they still got to eat something nutritious, and try new things.