How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Their Vegetables
It’s the age-old question that has been labored over by parents at mealtime for decades – How do I get my toddler to eat their vegetables? It seems that somewhere between the days of pureed baby food and solid food, our kids suddenly realized that the peas they had eagerly gobbled down at 10 months old were sent straight from the sewer to their dinner plate. Well the good news is, there are ways to get your children to eat there vegetables.
The blender is a magical device that can also be a mom’s best friend. Whether you’re liquefying broccoli, celery, carrots, or spinach, if you are smart about it, you can slip those vegetables into all manner of dishes without your toddler being the wiser. Sauces and smoothies are especially great for this kind of undercover work. So add some pureed spinach to your spaghetti sauce or some carrot into your strawberry-banana smoothie. The vegetable addition will be virtually undetectable, and slip right under your toddler’s radar.
Make It a Competition
Nothing motivates a toddler like winning a game. Whether it’s a showdown with you and your child at the table or a battle between siblings, everyone can win if you make eating vegetables a game. Simply make it a race to see who can eat their vegetables first or even link it with color. For example, reward the player who can find and eat a food that is green. Offer prizes like special stickers, the chance to pick the book to read before bed, or even have them select the next TV show to watch.
Have Them Help You Cook It
A child who is involved in making their meal is far more inclined to eat it. If they know they had a part in selecting the food at the grocery store or putting it into a dish, they get a sense of ownership of the food. Simply by involving them with meal preparation, you may find that your child is motivated to eat their vegetables.
Getting your toddler to eat vegetables doesn’t have to turn into World War 3. By using a few of these strategies, you can make mealtime less stressful, and maybe even bring a little fun to the table