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Please help me get my son to eat vegetables!

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    Dips might help, as it is fun. Our son likes cucumber I think cos it's crunchy. He also like the japanese salad dressing, sesame ones.
    Would you consider fried vege, like tempura?
    Our son, and I heArd lots of small kids, don't like leafy greens as they are hard to chew.
    Other ideas, strawberry dip in chocolate? Blueberry pancake, berries cheesecake, fruit shakes.
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    sorry yes I meant swede the root vegetable

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    actually, many vegetables are BETTER for you after they've been cooked. i was watching a thing the other day about carrots. if you grate carrots and put them in the fridge for a day or two they are more nutritious as the good stuff gets "released" by the grating... also read somewhere that cooked tomatoes are better for you than raw tomatoes...

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    Also we use a juicer at home and that is a good way of squeezing lots of fresh fruit and veg into one glass. If he likes juice, maybe try that? Start with the sweeter, more kid friendly fruit like apple and orange and then add in some carrot, celery and the likes later down the track if he accepts it.

    I've seen TV programs where they have ADULTS who won't eat fruit or veg, and they take a very slowly slowly approach rather than introducing a whole bunch of new stuff at once, which freaks them out. They did one thing at a time and when that was accepted they tried another. A few months down the track they were eating most things. I've heard with small children it can take something like 10 or more tries before the new food is accepted...sounds like you are on the right track anyhow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    actually, many vegetables are BETTER for you after they've been cooked. i was watching a thing the other day about carrots. if you grate carrots and put them in the fridge for a day or two they are more nutritious as the good stuff gets "released" by the grating... also read somewhere that cooked tomatoes are better for you than raw tomatoes...
    Yes, but cooking and freezing and re-cooking again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozmerc View Post
    Also we use a juicer at home and that is a good way of squeezing lots of fresh fruit and veg into one glass. If he likes juice, maybe try that? Start with the sweeter, more kid friendly fruit like apple and orange and then add in some carrot, celery and the likes later down the track if he accepts it.

    I've seen TV programs where they have ADULTS who won't eat fruit or veg, and they take a very slowly slowly approach rather than introducing a whole bunch of new stuff at once, which freaks them out. They did one thing at a time and when that was accepted they tried another. A few months down the track they were eating most things. I've heard with small children it can take something like 10 or more tries before the new food is accepted...sounds like you are on the right track anyhow.
    Nope, doesn't like juice--not even apple or orange juice. Only likes water and milk and we don't give him soft drinks or other sweet drinks. I used to make a green drink for him that had apples, celery, spinach, ginger and cucumber and he used to love it up until he was about 2-years-old and now he won't touch it.

    We've been trying bit by bit for a long time it seems. :(
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    surely, any veg is better than none? even if it has been frozen and reheated, that's better than what he's eating now...nothing?

    i can only say that my first was exactly the same. and her cookbook was a godsend for us. once he realised we were sneaking veg in, i started offering him a choice. he always gets 2 to choose from. and he always chooses. i don't make him eat a whole bowl, rather 3 or 4 pieces. that way, i'm winning the argument and he's getting used to eating some of the veg. he now loves: carrots, corn (in sauces, fried rice, on the cob, as a side), mushrooms. will tolerate: peas, long green beans, romaine lettuce, choi sum, bak choi...

    fruit: strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes, watermelon (but only the juice in sago), dried mango (not fresh mango)...

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    would have to agree with carang...some is better than none. my niece is the same - she LOVES her meat but not her veg...seems like she's on the Atkin's diet herself! she eats apples / carrots only - but whenever she wants MORE meat, she has to eat 1 piece of veg first....her choice!

    and yes...cooked tomatoes are more nutritous than raw ones - can't remember why though, but definitely true.

    and the japanese sesame sauce someone mentioned works wonders for my niece who hates her veg...she will eat cucumbers dipped in that.

    i tried steaming veggies for my 10mth old and she won't touch them! she will eat the same veggies mixed in with her bolognese sauce / other sauces..she'll even eat onions and leek! ha-ha! :) maybe hiding them for now just for the sake of getting the veggie intake and then slowly develop more of an "interest"

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