Hide it!


It takes time for your young­ster to get com­fort­able with dif­fer­ent veg­gies, then per­haps try a nib­ble or two, be­fore he gets to the point of ac­tu­ally eat­ing it. But it can be dif­fi­cult for us mums to back off and let that jour­ney hap­pen, without praise or per­sua­sion. The one thing, though, that in­stantly takes the pres­sure off, is know­ing that your baby is se­cretly al­ready get­ting the good­ness of veg­gies. So while you’re busy putting the veg in view ev­ery day, hide a lit­tle bit too.

The most eas­ily-ac­cepted ruse is to hide a veg­etable in a blended sauce. You can blend al­most any veg into a to­mato sauce and your child won’t no­tice, but a good com­bi­na­tion to try is soft­ened onion, cel­ery, garlic and leek. Dips work well too – try mash­ing up some cooked broad beans with cream cheese, or add just a lit­tle broc­coli to a blend of sum­mer fruits to make a de­li­cious smoothie. You don’t need to add much to be get­ting valu­able nu­tri­ents into a veg­gie-averse tod­dler. Just rub­bing a cut to­mato, juicy side down, onto a slice of toast be­fore you top it with cheese to grill, helps.

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