Hi K.--You have lots of great advice. A source I recommend for new parents is www.askdrsears.com. He writes articles for Baby Talk and Parent magazines and he and his RN wife have written over 30 books, one of which is THE HEALTHIEST KID IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. One of his suggestions is patience. Keep offering because it can take up to 10 to 14 attempts to get some kids to start eating a new food. I've also learned from a psychologist colleague that kids at this age are learning about their independence, and food is one way they can show that. Help them to learn how to make decisions by giving them 2 or 3 options that YOU want them to choose from. It's a win-win situation for both. Your 2 year old gets to independently choose what he wants from the healthy food choices you want him to have. Dr. Sears also recommends a grazing tray---take a cupcake pan and fill it with fruits and veggies and a dip and maybe some hummus (ground chick peas, very healthy). Just let him graze from that. Don't offer other, more desirable snacks. In fact, don't even have them in the house, that way you can honestly say "all gone, honey, this is what we have to eat".
Just don't stress too much. He won't starve himself. But, if you would like a little nutritional insurance, I have found a company that has developed a process to put 15 different fruits and veggies into capsule, chewable or gummie form. It is the most thoroughly researched supplement on the market. I love it because it IS food. It's called Juice Plus+ and it has been a great benefit for my family's health. If you are interested in more information about JP+ or other ideas for getting your kids to want their fruits and veggies, just let me know. I am taking a wellness education class and I have lots of great files I can share. I am fascinated by what I am learning and love to help other people become healthier. Feel free to contact me anytime. There is no obligation for the information. In health, D.