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.