VEG­GIE MAGIC

How to get your lit­tle ones to love their veg­eta­bles. For­ever!

Your Baby & Toddler - - The Dossier Feeding -

VEG­ETA­BLES JUST TICK all the boxes, don’t they? Less choles­terol, less sat­u­rated fat, less to­tal fat, no an­i­mal pro­tein, more fi­bre, vi­ta­min pow­er­houses… there re­ally is no down­side to rais­ing a child who loves his veg­gies. But some­times this is eas­ier said than done. It is quite com­mon for ba­bies to love their veg­eta­bles and then to pull up their noses for pre­vi­ous favourites dur­ing the tod­dler years. We help you get over and around the hur­dle with 10 clever tips.

1 Of­fer the same veg­etable in dif­fer­ent forms. Some­times cooked car­rots will be re­jected, but a child will hap­pily munch on a raw car­rot. Try of­fer­ing frozen peas as a snack in­stead of cooked peas. Raw baby spinach will be chomped up in a salad, but is of­ten spat out when cooked…

2 In­volve your child in pre­par­ing the meal. Ask him to rinse the broc­coli and break it into flo­rets. He can also turn the steamer on for you. When chil­dren are in­volved in the mak­ing of the meal, and even with the shop­ping, they tend to eat bet­ter. An­nounce to the whole fam­ily that Ju­nior made the broc­coli for tonight’s meal, and chances are he’ll eat it.

3 Tod­dlers love fin­ger foods and dip­ping, so of­fer cru­dités at snack time and in lunch boxes.

4 If tomato sauces for pasta are pop­u­lar with your lit­tle one, you can add finely chopped or even puréed veg­eta­bles to the sauce. Also try chunkier tomato-based sauces, such as rata­touille.

5 If your tod­dler likes mashed potato, try adding in mashed car­rot, chopped spinach or even mashed cauliflowe­r and broc­coli. Sweet potato mash is also nutri­tious and de­li­cious.

6 Nearly all veg­eta­bles are made yum­mier by adding cheese! Let your tod­dler help you sprin­kle some over and watch it bub­ble un­der the grill.

7 Frit­ters are the best way to use up left­over veg­eta­bles. Mash the veg­eta­bles and make a bat­ter by adding an egg and some flour un­til you have a thick con­sis­tency. Shal­low-fry small por­tions in a fry­ing pan. Crispy and mor­eish!

8 De­velop your child’s palate by ex­pos­ing them to herbs. Even in small amounts, they add to the nutri­tional value of the meal as well. Make it an ad­ven­ture to let your child smell basil or dill and get them to guess what you’ve in­cluded.

9 Car­rot cake, any­one? Learn how to bake with veg­eta­bles. But­ter­nut or pump­kin purée can be used in many muf­fin recipes and grated sweet potato can be added to some cookie recipes. Google for ex­act ideas. 10 Don’t for­get beans and legumes – they’re also veg­eta­bles and most chil­dren love them. Beans make great fin­ger food, but if your child doesn’t like them they can eas­ily be puréed and added to any sauce or soup. Your child will be none the wiser, but will be get­ting a big ex­tra nutri­tional kick.

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