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Food Strike - Vegetarian Diet

This mama is going on a food strike!! My 2 year old daughter will not eat any veggies what-so-ever!! I can't hide them forever, and it is time she learns what is good for her! My solution? A temporary Vegetarian Diet untils she learns to like what is on her plate! So, are there any other parents out there that already have their child on this diet that can give me any tips/advice on how you do it + keeping her on nutritous diet that is normally supplimented with meat and such? #WeCanDoThis 🙍💪😀 TIA

  • B
    Dec 16

    Make sure to read about different sources of protein for her. I’m vegetarian and it’s important to get her enough, with some variety.

  • Sara
    Dec 16

    Our son is vegetarian, mostly vegan. My tricks are to mix veggies into other things he likes. Chickpea pasta and red sauce with broccoli, cauliflower, or peas mixed in. Purple carrots with peanut butter on top. Ripple milk. Powdered parmesan cheese on any veggies typically works well too 😁

  • Christy
    Dec 16

    Sara, I assume you started his diet from the very start... Do you think you struggle as much as the next parent that isn't a vegetarian with veggies, or less?

  • Julie
    Dec 17

    I have the opposite problem...my daughter refuses to eat meat so it’s beans and broccoli for her allll the time! Lol.

  • Lindsay
    Dec 17

    We are vegetarian/mostly vegan in our house (not at daycare) and we utilize a Whole Foods meal plan to ensure maximum nutrient variety for a healthy diet! Forks over knives has a good one, but my main tip (which we got from our pediatrician) was to put up blinders. Offer baby what you have and then put up blinders. Do not accommodate their lack of interest in the food you serve or it will only escalate. Also to avoid snacking in between meals. Hunger will always defeat a picky eater! Babies won’t starve themselves!

  • Christy
    Dec 17

    Lindsey, what do you mean by "blinders"?

  • Angel
    Dec 17

    I think she means don’t allow them to get your attention directed toward the fits around food. I was a VERY picky kid not out of difficulty but out of actual dislike of a lot of foods. If she finds one veggie that she enjoys and it has most of that veggie goodness try to have that as often as possible. My daughter is nearly two and seems to have a very similar palette despite my effort to give her foods I don’t like, even forcing myself to take bites of food I find repulsive when necessary. That is another good one show her that you enjoy the food, and so do other people. Try her one food a few times but on different days. That way if she is just being stubborn you have a better chance a different day. And you get her comfortable with being exposed to new foods.

  • Lindsay
    Dec 18

    Christy, I think by putting up blinders, he meant just ignore.

  • Christy
    Dec 18

    So basically, don't react to her refusal to eat?