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Sunday, June 8, 2008

How to grow a toddler and eat veggies

While we are on this food kick, let's talk about toddlers and veggies.

Yes, now that we have established the typical toddler diet...
Chicken nuggets or Mac and Cheese with a side order of fried potatoes aka - french fries (well, we had to make them sound kinda sorta like a veggie, right?)

How does one get a child to eat a REAL veggie...and like it too?

You head to the book store or library...and find clever books like, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, and read it to your child...or just take some notes and use the technique at home. Who would have thought that peas were, "Green drops from Greenland"? Intriguing photos and words that may inspire your toddler to at least try a "moonsquirter" or maybe they will just look at you like you are weird?

So if that doesn't work...

You can always sneak the veggies into their food without them knowing. Like in Deceptively Delicious, by the one and only Jerry Seinfelds wife, Jessica. Brownies made with spinach or mac and cheese made with butternut squash! They will think you are crazy when you beg them to eat seconds!

So, there you have it. Two ways to get your toddlers to eat their veggies...and possibly you too!


Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

I used to tell my son that summer squash and zucchini were "squash cookies" and that the butter was icing. He ate it up, along with prunes which he thought were candy up until he was three and entered preschool.

Stepherz said...

SUCH good ideas! My kids love lasagna. Tonight I cooked in some zuchinni and they didn't even notice. Sneaky, sneaky mommies!