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Is it ok for a two year old to start eating cauliflor and broccoli? They don’t like their taste but how can I start with these veggies. Thanks.

At this age, your job as a parent is to keep introducing new flavors and textures. Food preferences are set early in life, so help your child develop a taste for healthy foods now. If you two year old is refusing broccoli or cauliflower, try other fruits and vegetables or try preparing them in a new way. The most import thing is to keep exposing them to healthy foods during these critical years!

  1. Add fruits and vegetables to the dishes they already love.
  2. Fruit juice counts towards his fruit servings for the day. There are several varieties available that offer both vegetables and fruit in each serving of their juice! (Just don’t rely solely on juice for all of his fruits/vegetables.)
  3. How about beans? You can mash chickpeas and make hummus and then spread this on toast.  This is not only a great source of protein, but counts as a vegetable too!
  4. Sometimes it takes multiple “tastes” before a child learns to like new foods, so tell him that he needs to at least taste the food and that perhaps their taste buds just “aren’t old enough” to like them yet… explain that taste buds do mature with age.
  5. Sometimes cooked veggies are stronger in flavor than those that are raw (they often taste different raw vs cooked anyway), so consider having them try them raw first.
  6. Get your children involved in the preparation and cooking process. This will help them learn about healthy eating and be more excited about eating fruits and vegetables.
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  8. And while it sounds like you’re doing many of these things, just keep doing them… it will eventually “catch on.” Setting a good example and having it available, especially when they are hungry, and you’d be surprised what gets eaten!
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