I’ve spoken about this a couple of times before but Oliver does not like eating vegetables. The past month or so the only vegetable I’ve been able to get him to eat willingly is mushy peas. For some reason he doesn’t seem to mind mushy peas! Anything else; if he see’s it he won’t eat it. It is an absolute nightmare sometimes and the mother guilt starts to kick in. The amount of times I’ve hit the end of the day thinking ‘Did Oliver have an all-beige day?!’… it’s too many to count!
Luckily Oliver does love fruit – which I’m very grateful for! If it wasn’t for fruit his diet would be the worst. On the days where he doesn’t have mushy peas I like to try and hide vegetables somewhere in his dinner. For example, pizzas with carrot in the base, sweet potato chips and onion mixed with sauces. I know a lot of toddlers can spot little bits of vegetables but Oliver can see the TINIEST bits, so these are starting to not work! It’s a nightmare! I will try anything to get vegetables back into his diet.
Mummy’s come to the rescue!
I’ve called upon some lovely mummy bloggers for tips on how to get your toddler to eat vegetables, as I’m at a lost cause. They’ve come up with some great ideas which I really want to share with you!
Laura from Five Little Doves: Blitz them up and use them as pizza sauce! Works every time!
Lucy from Real Mum Reviews: We found growing our own vegetables with Erin and teaching her about where food came from really made her more excited to try stuff. She now eats vegetables really well and used to be terrible!!
Emma from Not My First Rodeo: We’re a veggie household and I get mine to help me choose and chop all the veggies we eat, and they even decide which herbs and spices we use – my 4 year old will say ‘ooh let’s put thyme on the mushrooms mummy’.
Helen from The Hels Project: We put them in smoothies for Dougie. We introduced them in mixes, as in, like stews or soup, rather than by themselves.
Cecile from The Frenchie Mummy: Make it tasty with whatever they like. Mine is fond of cheese so we add a little bit and even spinach is eaten!
Kayley from Friendly First Foods: Be persistent but not pushy. We never put any pressure on our son to eat vegetables and when he refused we would never make a big deal out of it. We kept putting them on his plate though and modelling us eating them during family meal times. Sure enough, after seeing them enough he started to eat them. Now at 2 years old he eats all vegetables including things like lettuce and spinach! (Apart from peppers.. he still hates peppers)
Michelle from What Mummy Thinks: Call them silly things like peas are alien’s eyes, sweetcorn are teeth from monsters etc. Works a treat with mine.
Clare from This Mummy’s Always Right: Show them they are not scary by eating them yourself. Kids do follow by example after all!
That last one is something I need to do more. So often I’ll be trying to get Oliver to eat vegetables when I don’t have any myself when, as Clare has said, they follow from example! I think this is something I need to concentrate more on myself.
I plan to try all of these tips in hoping they’ll get Oliver to eat at least one new vegetable. I know it’s going to be a slow working progress but I’m excited to start the journey. If you’re in the same boat as me and your toddler literally eats no vegetables, try not to beat yourself up. At the end of the day the most important thing is that they are eating. Hopefully if you try these tips your little ones should be trying new vegetables in no time.
Do you have any tips on encouraging your toddler to eat vegetables? I’d love to hear them, as like I’ve said, I will try anything right now!
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