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my 2 yr old daughter is such a picky eater, she won’t even touch her veggies. we are very healthy eaters but she just pushes it away and screams when i try to present it again? help!!

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  1. I would say, try one veggie per meal until you find something she likes. Make that most days for her.

    My daughter likes plain foods, so anything I make that has seasoning I usually set aside a portion for her to have unseasoned. Her tastes will change with time, just like ours did.

    I read somewhere that it’s not so much what they eat each day as how well they eat during a week. If you have one bad day – or two – no big deal.

    Most of this is a phase, and you will only be surprised by something new in a few weeks, as you know! :)

  2. My little one is also pretty picky, but she LOVES smoothies, so I make fruit smoothies and sneak in a little carrot, spinach, or frozen broccoli with the frozen fruits. The key is to get a very strong blender (i.e. Vitablend, or magic bullet) so there is no evidence! Also I use the V8 fusion (strawberry bannana) juice that has veggies in it.

  3. Kids like to dip. Veggies in ranch dressing is good. Also, homemade fries dipped in ketchup. Last night I made fries with sweet potatoes. I cut them up in french fry shapes, mixed them with a little olive oil and salt and baked them at 400 degrees for about 25 mins., turning once. My kids loved them. Sometimes I give stickers for trying something new, but most of all, I try not to make a big deal out of it. I present it and encourage a bite. If there is great resistance, I just let it go.

    My favorite thing to make though are pumpkin muffins. I use the mini muffin tins and my kids love them. I always use extra pumpkin. You could try zucchini bread too.

    1c. brown sugar
    1/2 c. white sugar
    1c. canned pumpkin (I use almost the whole 14oz. can)
    1/2 c. oil
    2 eggs
    1 tsp.soda
    1/2 tsp.cinnamon
    1/4c. water
    may add nuts or raisins
    Mix together. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins. for mini muffins. Or in bread pans for 50-65 mins

  4. I make veggie “milkshakes” for my son almost every day and he loves them. It’s frozen berries, frozen bananas, frozen rice milk, Naked green juice (broccoli/wheat grass/algae), a large handfull of fresh spinach, flax oil, carrot juice, frozen cubes of pumpkin and sweet potato, Splenda, milk and Ghirradelli powdered chocolate all in a blender. It tastes like a chocolate berry shake and it’s wonderful.

  5. I read a book by Ellyn Satter many years ago called getting your kid to eat but not too much. She states that kids need to be presented the same food over and over again before they will accept it and that it has to be in an emotionally neutral way. You first make it safe for the kid to refuse. Any pressure backfires. The book is excellent and I highly recommend it.

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