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Getting them to eat fruit AND veg!

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Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 18:20:37

I am wondering how important it is that the 5 a day is fruit or veg, DD (16 months) will eat any fruit you put in front of her but the only veg she will eat is peas.
I can get her to eat carrots by hiding them in baked beans or blending in a pasta sauce but everything else gets chucked on the floor.
She was BLWed so I know she will eat them but if I show her broccoli now she freaks out!

Any ideas?!

SanetJvv Thu 28-Jun-07 18:26:35

Have you tried beetroot,they usually love it, same with sweetpotato or butternut with some cinnimon and butter. Raw peppers?

amidaiwish Thu 28-Jun-07 18:48:21

this is how i get veg into my DDs:

baked sweet potato with beans and cheese
butternut squash roasted in wedge shape with ketchup dip
brocolli and cauliflower pasta bake in cheese sauce
tons of veg easy to hide in bolognese

cut up cucumber, cut up carrot (with humous as a dip), cut up peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes, served with some crusty bread, cut up apple, raisins and chunks of cheese as a picnic tea

keep offering her vegetables, get some frozen ones to make it easy to just do tiny portions and one day she will eat them.

amidaiwish Thu 28-Jun-07 18:49:10

oh and sometimes i serve the vegetables first, before the chicken etc... just a few moments before but then they start with them.

Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 19:21:35

Thanks, have tried most of those except for beetroot, as I think it is nasty and the devil's food! I shall get some tomorrow and see what she thinks.
She's just really good at picking out what she wants and chucking the rest. She sucks dips off the food and then bins it so that doesn't work! I might try baked sweet potato as she likes mashed potato.

Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 19:22:24

Shall try serving first as well, not a bad idea that!

Posey Thu 28-Jun-07 19:24:23

Ds was the same, and still doesn't really like veg served as a side.
So we do a variety of mince dishes, and pasta, that all have a common theme of about 10 different veg chopped up and mixed in.

SanetJvv Thu 28-Jun-07 19:29:09

grated carrots with grated pineapple

Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 20:00:12

Sanetjv, sounds gross but I'll add them to the list with beetroots and sweet potato!

The problem with mixing them in sauces is she finds them unless they are pureed, and I can't be fannied doing that! I want her to eat them, not to have to hide them for ever.

SanetJvv Thu 28-Jun-07 20:06:23

eventually she will, just dont give up.
we usually make a big fuss about the vegs, encouraging her to eat it by pretending to feed her teddy, clapping our hands and praising her if she takes a mouth full.

SanetJvv Thu 28-Jun-07 20:07:33

the grated carrots and pineapple is actualy delicous it is salad...

do you like your vegs?

SanetJvv Thu 28-Jun-07 20:11:56

When I started my DD1 on solids a wise clinic sister told me to introduce all the vegs before you start introducing the fruits and never pureed fruit... We are lucky it worked for our children

Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 20:19:04

I like my veg (except for beetroot and parsnip) but DH was given pureed veg as a child and now won't eat ANY (seriously, potatos and an occasional tomato sauce and that's it) as he doesn't like the texture so that's why I am so determined to get her eating them.

The problem is I buy all this interesting veg and she just bins it, so I get really pissed off at the expense and just serve the same stuff over again hoping she'll eat it! Some good ideas to try here though.

Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 20:19:47

She did have veg first, she was weaned on broccoli, courgette and carrots, and they are the 3 she refuses to even let near her mouth now!

SanetJvv Thu 28-Jun-07 20:23:35

Ask him to play along, a mouth full for daddy then a mouth full for her. And he must show her he really love the vegs you are feeding him...

amidaiwish Thu 28-Jun-07 20:51:32

i weaned mine on veg too, really made no difference.

do buy frozen organic veg - far cheaper and very easy to just cook a floret or handful.

if she likes cheese, the broccoli & pasta bake was a massive breakthrough for DD1. She was older though, about 2.5 and since then has decided she LOVES broccoli and eats lots of it.

try not to worry too much at this age, DD2 is 20m and feeding herself and tends to leave the veg. we laugh that she is on the atkins diet with just the meat. I get plenty of veg into her with my stealth bolognaise/pasta sauces etc which i do blitz a bit to get rid of big lumpy bits. she does eat veg as a snack with humous, guacamole etc. esp in front of the TV (bad mummy , clever mummy )

LyraB Thu 28-Jun-07 20:55:48

She may have gone off those veg but i bet she'll start liking them again at some point. My boys' tastes go in cycles and foods they once loved they start to dislike, then start loving them again.

Aitch Thu 28-Jun-07 21:32:24

what's wrong with peas? lots of vitamins and lovely things in a pea. and soon enough she'll be bored with them and begging for a carrot.
seriously, if i think dd's not had a lot of veg i often give her the broccoli or whatever while i'm serving up and she's hungry. but don't worry about it. dd's gone off broccoli, carrots, cucumber and peas in her time but then decides she can't live without them.

Chirpygirl Thu 28-Jun-07 22:38:49

Nothing wrong with peas, I'd live of them if I could, although I wouldn't eat them straight from the freezer....
DH doesn't eat with us, he is normally around for lunch but he isn't for tea so he isn't putting her off!

Shall try a cauli/broc pasta bake again as well, shall let you know how it goes!

Aitch Thu 28-Jun-07 22:56:20

blech, cauliflower. [boak]

katelyle Thu 28-Jun-07 23:02:22

My ds will eat all vegetables including spinach and sprouts but will not touch fruit. Any fruit - oh, except raisins and he thinks we're having him on when we tell him that raisins are fruit! Any suggestions?

Habbibu Thu 28-Jun-07 23:52:32

Raw stuff? I cannot abide cooked cauliflower, and like my broccoli waved in the direction of steam, but will eat them raw really happily, and have done so since childhood. I used to eat my veg straight from the kitchen sink where mum was washing it before tea.

Aitch Fri 29-Jun-07 00:00:38

we used to do teh same with white cabbage, hab.

ChasingSquirrels Fri 29-Jun-07 00:03:30

hve you tried mini corn on the cob? has a novelty factor, my 17mo loves it.

taliac Mon 02-Jul-07 20:24:37

I find with my dd that any vegetable served in a garlic cheese (boursin or similar) sauce gets eaten. Broccoli, spinach, you name it.. But then she'd eat garlic cheese all day if she was able to.. Generally with pasta, but rice is good too.

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