Not a new topic, but still need help...gone off veggies

Oh, we're done with all that vegetable-steaming and mess, our children are cutlery-wielding, spaghetti-chomping angels... at least some of the time.

Not a new topic, but still need help...gone off veggies

Postby citysister » 28 Aug 2012, 15:43

My 21 month old son has been a great eater, except when teething.

Of late, he's started to reject all the veggies he loved. There were some he never liked, but now he resoundly throws all veggies, except the occasional tomato or corn on cob.

I try to bury them in sauces and that helps, but I don't want him to go off veggies.

Any tips? Is it just a phase? I am still putting them on his plate every meal time.

And any simple recipes for disguising them?

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Re: Not a new topic, but still need help...gone off veggies

Postby sparkling » 28 Aug 2012, 17:32

Mine went off loads if veg for a while, I kept offering them and she slowly came back to them. No tips for hiding them though, Jiglet won't eat sauces or mixed up foods at the moment so it's hard to get much past her :?

I think it's a pretty normal (but annoying) phase for them to reduce the foods they eat... Keep doing what you're doing, try to avoid making it a battle, and fingers crossed it won't last too long!
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Re: Not a new topic, but still need help...gone off veggies

Postby doodlesmummy » 28 Aug 2012, 18:09

my 2 went through phases of not liking most cooked veg, except for rare occasions when they had come straight from a friend's garden, or due to peer pressure! DD1 was puree weaned and DD2 BLW'd, and they both have had their ups and downs with veg, and now at age 5 and 7 yrs they still prefer crudites to cooked veg. I just keep offering veg of different sorts now and again with our usual crudites and ask that they try it. But always I fall back on my personal experience - I ate no veg as a child (I refused any veg, although did try it) and was not forced to have it, and now eat almost every veg (and any other food) that exists, so I always go down the 'have a try' route and don't stress!
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Re: Not a new topic, but still need help...gone off veggies

Postby eterna » 29 Aug 2012, 02:44

I agree it's totally normal. I implemented a "try one bite rule" just because sometimes after she tries it she will decide it's ok and eat more, but if you're not interested in any possible battles from that then just try not to stress. Easier said than done. DD now will not normally eat veggies every meal or even every week but then occasionalyl will just binge on them (ie a whole red pepper for a snack, or an entire cob of corn).

She's also more likely to eat them if she was involved in the growing (or at least digging up part) and/or the cooking aspect of it. Just today the dayhome mom had a special "toddler cooking" day where they all helped make a veggie stirfry and she said DD ate 2 bowls of all sorts of veggies - tomatoes, purple cabbage, celery, all stuff she would not normally touch.

She is starting to understand too that veggies have important vitamins that help us grow etc. so that is usually enough to get her to at least try a bite.
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