Say Your Peas And Thank You’s!

How do I get my toddler to eat their veggies? I asked my Mum friends what their secrets were and they didn’t disappoint with their healthy, creative and sometimes downright sneaky tips- here they are for you to read:

  • Let your little one grow their own vegetables so they can see where they come from and be proud that they grew something you can eat. Look at this fab ‘My First Ever Vegetable Garden’ Children’s Grow Kit by Canova available on Amazon
  • Let them help you prepare vegetables-toddlers like nothing more than sneaking something away when you’re cooking and they want to be just like Mum
  • Home made pizzas can include blended vegetables in the tomato base sauce-get them to decorate with peppers, sweet corn, mushrooms etc then sprinkle with cheese. Great tip from my friend thanks (I use muffins cut in half for the base-so quick and easy. Meal in minutes) Great recipe from Sainsbury’s for toddler muffin pizzasmuffin
  • Hidden vegetable pasta sauce- you can buy shop bought pasta sauces with vegetables inside or you can blend a variety of vegetables and mix them with passata. Bulk make this sauce as use as a pizza base, a Bolognese sauce or a chilli con carne base.
  • Heinz Baked Beans count as one of your five a day so don’t feel guilty for serving them up for lunch.
  • Cover it in gravy!
  • Introduce veggies as soon as they are old enough to chew and eat solids-carrots, sweet potato and parsnip work well and if you are trying baby led weaning methods sticks of vegetables like carrot batons, green beans and cucumber sticks are enticing for your little one
  • Home made soup-so many benefits, lots of different types to try, great way of serving vegetables without them looking like veggies, healthy, cheap, easy and freezable. When my little one was small I used to just buy a great big jar of passata, add to some garlic cooked in a little olive oil and sprinkle with fresh or dried basil. So easy. Other easy soups to make are vegetable, potato and leek, sweet potato, coriander and coconut, carrot and coriander and finally tomato and corned beef which dissolves to make a meaty soup.
  • Don’t give them a choice-serve at every meal from the start so it is the norm.
  • STAR TIP***** Blend everything you eat and feed to your toddler at the weaning stage. It saves double cooking and introduces your toddler to the same foods you eat.
  • I have to quote a friend here as I don’t want to take the credit for such ‘trickery’- My eldest wouldn’t touch any kind of veg until I told her that cabbage would make her boobs grow!” 🙂 I’ll be using that one for sure
  • Roll it in sugar! Hmmmmm. No fear mums this was said in joke

Some great ideas here-what I love it the honesty of them. We’re not boasting about feeding our kids asparagus tips served on bed of spinach. Although that does sound quite nice. It’s just good honest food served by mums who care.

Is it just my toddler that won’t eat veg? Rest easy-here’s some science from Edward Abramson, Ph.D on psychology today :

  • It may help to recognize that we’re born preferring sweet tastes
  • Hundreds of thousands of years ago our prehistoric ancestors who ate sour or bitter things were more likely to perish, those who ate only sweet things were more likely to survive
  • Liking sweet tastes was a survival mechanism that has been passed down to us

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Phew! We can all sigh with relief!

Thanks for the tips mums-keep them coming and thanks for sharing.

Next blog is going to be about making food fun!

Have a good week-photos of my puddings for just 25p will be added today