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Veggies for Toddlers

How do you serve veggies to toddlers? I only ever just mix it into his food (i.e. in pasta, in fried rice). Do you steam it and give a dip? What kind of dip? Do they eat it?? Any tips would be great. Thanks!

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Just try and keep trying. Some of my kids favorites (some days...)
Artichokes - steamed w/ butter for dipping
Asparagus - with butter for dipping
Broccoli - we call them "little trees"
Sweet potato "french fries" - just peel, cut and bake (ketchup/ranch dip)
Avocado - sliced - or on sushi (YES they love eel rolls at 3 and 5) - who would have thought?
Guacamole - with chips to dip
Carrots (cooked) and ranch (mine aren't too into raw either)

I let them eat them with their hands - but at least they eat them. They enjoy dipping too. Just keep trying and give them what you eat - you might just be suprised!

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We do all the above.

Usually lunch is canned veggies and snacks are fresh cold veggies and dinner is usually steamed veggies.

Serve or give an option of variety. Maybe more appeasing when they get to choose (even let pick out at the grocery store).

I think it's also a good idea to introduce raw veggies... this way kids acquire a taste for them. e.g, I always gave my child raw red bell peppers and to this day, he loves them. Additionally. I think raw veggies retain more of their vitamins when not cooked. they aren't for everyone, but in our house, we do eat a lot of raw veggies or al dente... which leads me to green beans... those are good raw or lightly steamed.. When my son was younger and even now, I didn't try and cover up veggies with dips or sauce because I didn't want him to only eat veggies that way, I wanted him to eat as clean as possible w/o doctoring up foods.. also, cherry tomatoes are a big hit ... now with Summer fast approaching, there will be a lot of good selections around.. this includes fruits. don't be afraid to have them try new things like mango and guava.. if you haven't already..

best of luck

Artichokes - with butter to dip (he loves scraping the leaves)
Asparagus - steamed with a little olive oil and sea salt
Carrots - steamed (tried roasted - doesn't like them) or raw carrot sticks
Avocado - in the shell with a little soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil (use a spoon for scooping) or as guacamole or in sushi (cooked fish)
Green beans - steamed and tossed with goat cheese and pine nuts or walnuts
broccoli - stir fried, steamed, raw
Corn - on the cob in season
Green peppers - raw strips
Cauliflower - steamed or raw
Cucumbers - cut into strips or with plain yogurt and cumin seeds
Squash (he used to like this more than he does now) - roasted with cinnamon and chicken stock or mashed
Potatoes - doesn't matter what you do to them he will eat them (baked, roasted, mashed, fried)

We serve them however we would be making them without a toddler present.

my daughter still has issues chewing a lot of hte raw veggies. but she loves tomatoes and cucumbers raw and cut up. she would eat them for a meal anytime i'd let her. cooked she loves carrots, corn, peas, and broccoli and cauliflower. the cooked veggies are frozen packages, and then when they're cooked i just put a little bit of butter on it and she will eat more of the veggies than anything else. last night i introduced spinnach for the first time. she didn't like it, but i'm going to keep trying it. lol

as an infant my son would eat green beans like they were going out of style now as a toddler he wouldnt touch them with a 10ft pole. I sneak them in his food. spinach in his scrambled eggs, pureed pumpkin in his pancakes ect. Though he does like veggies if they are in soup (we just drain out most of the broth)

Depends on the veggie. My 3 1/2 year old likes some only cooked (not mixed with anything) and some only raw with dip. I just use lowfat ranch dressing for dip. When we go to a restaurant with paper dipping cups I grab a few extras.
Raw:
broccolli
carrots
celery
cherry tomatoes
cucumber
lettuce salad
He is a veggie-tray-aholic!

Cooked:
green beans
peas
corn
hominy
sweet potatoes with marshmallows (veggie?)

My kids didn't know dip or salad dressing for FOREVER. I just gave them raw or cooked veggies, and since that's all they ever knew, they just ate them ;) Ditto for juice... I ALWAYS cut their juice so they were drinking 1/2 juice, 1/2 water... they thought that was normal, and never knew the difference :) My MIL was SHOCKED when my kids ASKED for a grilled chicken salad at a resturaunt... when the waitress asked what kind of dressing they'd like, they said 'we don't even know what that is'... I just smiled at the look on my MIL's face! My point is, if you never introduce things like dip, condiments, dressings, your child will never know they're missing out :)

Just try and keep trying. Some of my kids favorites (some days...)
Artichokes - steamed w/ butter for dipping
Asparagus - with butter for dipping
Broccoli - we call them "little trees"
Sweet potato "french fries" - just peel, cut and bake (ketchup/ranch dip)
Avocado - sliced - or on sushi (YES they love eel rolls at 3 and 5) - who would have thought?
Guacamole - with chips to dip
Carrots (cooked) and ranch (mine aren't too into raw either)

I let them eat them with their hands - but at least they eat them. They enjoy dipping too. Just keep trying and give them what you eat - you might just be suprised!

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