The dreaded veggie phase

Any one have any ideas to try and get your LO to eat their veggies? I’ve tried sneaking it in a bunch of ways but my baby girl can always tell. She’ll eat the rest of the bite and spit the veggie out or just avoid it completely. I know she needs to eat them. She knows she needs to eat them. How did you all get your kids to eat the greens?

  • anonymous mom
    Nov 04

    So I’ve seen and read lots of different ideas. From buying those veggie tots where they’re like tater tots with veggies in them to putting the veggies into smoothies, or trying different presentations or cooking in different ways, etc etc. but the best approach I’ve found is by following kids.eat.in.color on instagram. She’s a pediatric nutritionist and also a mom of a “picky” eater. She has a lot of ideas but the one message she gives consistently is to keep offering. Just keep it up and eventually they will eat the dang veggies. Lol. So that’s what I do. I see that this approach works the best. There’s no “forcing” a toddler into eating. And “tricking” will only go so far. They’re smart, probably smarter than us and definitely smarter than we realize. They know what we’re up to and if they don’t they will catch on quickly. So what I do is I offer it. Sometimes she eats it and sometimes she doesn’t. And I always include something on her plate that I know she will eat. And if she asks for more of that and doesn’t touch her carrots I have learned to stop stressing. I give her more of what she’s eating and I don’t worry about the stuff she isn’t eating as much. She will eat the right stuff eventually. At least, I hope she does. Haha.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 04

    I agree with everything @anonymous mom said. I started following @mamaknowsnutrition first, then kidseatincolor. And they both have very similar thoughts on feeding children. I love their perspective! Don't STRESS, and don't pressure! And as one last side note, no a 1 yo does NOT know they NEED to eat. Offer it, eat it yourself, see what happens 🤷

  • Annie
    Nov 04

    Thanks. And by ‘she knows’ she needs to I mean she knows I’m not giving up and she knows I want her to because I beg and beg her. Haha. Appreciate the advice. I have been following kidseatincolor but anytime I try and replicate a cute creation it ends up looking like a nightmare inducing horror show!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 04

    Oh, I don't make any cute cut outs or funny animal foods, I just keep consistent and try not to stress, and when my husband tries to barter or beg, I tell him to stop. Just last night my husband was trying to negotiate candy for green beans. I told him to stop, and then started a contest with my son over the beans. And he ate them!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 04

    Smoothies!

  • anonymous mom
    Nov 04

    Oh I did buy cutouts and did a bunch of cute shapes with apple slices but my daughter refused to “eat the star apples” sooo yeah. That backfired, lol. I rarely do cute things with her food. But I do give her exactly what we eat and I make sure she sees me eating it.

  • Annie
    Nov 04

    Thank you for the tips. Yes I’ve tried the veggie tots and Morningstar burger type stuff but I feel like I’m tricking her and not driving home the importance of nutrition.

  • Ivy
    Nov 04

    I do green smoothies everyday, it’s really the only way I get my first to eat veggies. He sees me put veggies in his smoothies and is perfectly fine eating them that way, so in my mind, it’s a win! I like to tell myself the blender makes the vitamins easier for his body to absorb and he eats way more kale and spinach that way. If we’re out, I sometimes buy the Green Machine smoothie by the Naked brand.

  • Stacey
    Nov 05

    The veggie tater tots are a big one in my house. He LOVES potatoes so I think that overrides any veggies in it. We also give him snacks made from veggies. They are like dehydrated beans or something. In a sauce or stew or curry he will eat some of the veggies most of the time but right now as long as he eats more then JUST fries I’m ok with it.

  • Momof2
    Nov 05

    I let my kids choose which veggies they want for dinner “ would you rather have carrots or broccoli for dinner tonight?”. We also go to a local farm or the farmers market to get lots of our veggies and I have them help me pick them out so they’re more excited about it. Finally when dinner time comes I cook the vegetables first and put only veggies on their plate. I tell them when they are done with their vegetables they can have the rest of dinner

  • Rachel K
    Nov 07

    My toddler will refuse all veggies but she loves the frozen riced cauliflower, including bags that have other veggies (broccoli/sweet potatoes) mixed in! It was random that I tried it and she’s obsessed. I just sauté it with olive oil, garlic salt, and nutritional yeast and that’s it. Otherwise she totally refuses.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 07

    Mine loves frozen mixed veggies (plus edamame) defrosted, and mixed with feta and olive oil and balsamic!!

  • Jessica
    Saturday

    I let my kids squirt whipped cream on anything they wanted when they were little and now they’re massive veggie fans! I cringed when they used to put whipped cream on broccoli (why?!?), but they loved it and ate the broccoli and now they eat broccoli without the whipping cream. A little squirt of cream was only like 25 calories and I figured it wasn’t all that bad for them. Fun dips can help too. My kids are insanely fond of hummus, lol! They’ll even eat bell peppers (which are probably their least favorite veggie) if they get to dip them in hummus. Go figure! Also try weirdly colored veggies. When we tried purple carrots, it blew their minds so much that they couldn’t even protest because they were curious about the strange new food. Just some ideas. Soups and sauces (like marinara) are also great places to purée a veggie or two in - if you don’t go overboard, there’s no way they can identify the spinach if it’s been puréed into marinara. Tomatoes and garlic will overpower a lot! 😊