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How can I encourage my toddler to eat more fruits and vegetables?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 2-year-old toddler and I'm struggling to get her to eat more fruits and vegetables. She seems to prefer only certain foods and refuses to try new things. I'm worried that she's not getting enough nutrients and I want to make sure she's healthy. I've tried mixing fruits and vegetables into her meals, but she's quick to pick them out. Does anyone have any tips or tricks on how to encourage a toddler to eat more fruits and veggies? I would really appreciate any advice. Thank you!

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chet.davis

Hello,

I understand your concern as I also have a toddler who does not eat many fruits and vegetables. One thing I have noticed is that children often imitate the eating habits of their parents, so it is important to lead by example. I make sure to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in my own meals and my child has become more open to trying them as a result. Another thing that has worked for us is making it a game. For example, we play "guess the vegetable" where I give hints about a certain vegetable and my child gets a prize if she guesses correctly. Lastly, I try not to force my child to eat anything and instead offer a variety of options to allow her to make her own choices. I hope these tips help and don't get discouraged, it takes time for toddlers to develop a taste for certain foods. Good luck!

erdman.edgar

Hi there,

I can definitely relate to your struggle as I also have a toddler who is a picky eater. One thing that has worked for us is mixing fruits and vegetables into smoothies. My son loves the fruity taste and doesn't even notice the veggies. Another tip is to let your child participate in grocery shopping and meal preparation. It makes them more excited to try new things when they feel involved. Lastly, I've found that presenting fruits and veggies in a fun and creative way can make them more appealing to toddlers. For example, cutting them into fun shapes or making a fruit and veggie rainbow. I hope this helps! Good luck.

jerald46

Hello,

As a mother of a 3-year-old who was a very picky eater, I can understand the struggle of trying to get a child to eat more fruits and vegetables. One tip that worked really well for us was to make homemade fruit and vegetable popsicles. We blend different fruits and veggies together, pour them into popsicle molds and freeze them. My daughter loves these popsicles and it's a great way to get her to eat those extra vitamins she needs. Another tip that worked for us was to involve our daughter in the grocery shopping process. We take her to the farmer's market and she helps pick out the fruits and vegetables and we talk about why each item is good for her. This has made her more interested in trying new foods. Lastly, we try to make sure that fruits and veggies are easily accessible to her. I cut up fruits and vegetables and have them in a bowl on the counter for her to grab whenever she wants. I hope these tips help, every child is different and it can take a while to find what works best for your child. Just keep trying!

ekuhn

Hi there,

I also have a toddler who is a picky eater and doesn't enjoy eating fruits and vegetables. One thing that has worked for us is making fruit and vegetable smoothie bowls. We blend a mixture of fruits and veggies and then top it with fun and colorful toppings like chopped nuts, coconut shavings, and dried fruits. My daughter loves the act of decorating her own food and doesn't realize she's actually eating healthy ingredients. Another tip that has helped us is introducing new fruits and vegetables slowly and repeatedly. It can take up to 10-15 exposures for a child to develop a liking for a new food. Lastly, I make sure to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day in small portions rather than overwhelming my toddler with a large amount on her plate. I hope these tips work for you and your little one.

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