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Should I be concerned if my toddler is not eating enough vegetables?

Hi everyone,

I have a 2-year-old son who is quite picky when it comes to his food. Lately, I have noticed that he is not eating as many vegetables as he used to. He used to love broccoli and carrots, but now he refuses to even try them. I am worried that he is not getting enough nutrients from his diet and if this continues it could have negative effects on his health in the long run.

I have tried different approaches, such as offering him different vegetables, disguising them in other foods, but nothing seems to work. I have spoken to his pediatrician, who agrees that it is important to introduce a variety of vegetables into his diet. However, she has assured me that as long as he is still getting a balanced diet and there are no other health concerns, there is nothing to worry about.

But as a concerned parent, I wanted to ask the experts in this forum if I should be concerned about my toddler's vegetable intake and if there are any tips or tricks to encourage him to expand his palate.

Thank you in advance for your advice!

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kiel43

Hello there,

I completely agree with the other posts, it is important that your toddler gets a balanced diet, but at the same time, it can be challenging to get kids to eat vegetables. One thing that has worked for me is to make vegetable dishes that are not really visible. For example, I add pureed vegetables to soups, sauces, and even smoothies. This way my son is getting the nutrients without even realizing it.

Another thing that has worked for me is to let him choose which vegetable to eat. I take him to the grocery store and let him pick out the vegetables he likes. It makes him feel included in the process, and he is more likely to eat them if he has made the decision to try them.

I also try to make sure that the vegetables I serve are cooked in a way that my son likes. For instance, I learned that he loves roasted vegetables, so I make sure to roast carrots, zucchini, and broccoli. It's all about finding the right texture and flavor that your child likes.

Finally, I would recommend being persistent and consistent. Don't give up on offering different vegetables even if your child refuses them multiple times. It can take up to 10-15 times before a child decides to try something new.

I hope these tips help you! Best of luck!

larkin.kolby

Hello,

I have a 4-year-old son who was once one of the pickiest eaters I knew. It was a constant struggle to get him to eat his vegetables, especially the leafy greens. However, through trial and error, I found a few strategies that worked for us:

1. Hide the vegetables: I started hiding vegetables in his favorite foods, like mac and cheese, spaghetti sauce, and smoothies. I pureed spinach and added it to his mac and cheese, and he loved it!

2. Praise good eating habits: I praised my son for trying new foods or eating his vegetables without bribing. It made him feel good about himself and encouraged him to continue trying new things.

3. Keep offering: I made sure to offer vegetables over and over again, even if he refused them at first. I found that the more I offered them, the more likely he was to try them.

4. Lead by example: For me, it was important to lead by example by eating my vegetables and making them a regular part of my own diet. My son started to see me eating my vegetables and wanted to try them too.

5. Make it fun: I found that when I made eating vegetables fun, it motivated my son to eat them. For example, I created a chart that he could fill out every time he tried a new vegetable, and he got a reward when he filled the chart.

I hope these tips are helpful for you, and remember, every child is different, so don't be discouraged if it takes time for your toddler to start eating vegetables. Just keep offering them, and sooner or later, they'll develop healthy eating habits.

kobe48

Hi there,

As a mother of two picky eaters, I understand your concern regarding your toddler's vegetable intake. From my experience, the key is to make vegetables a regular part of their diet from an early age. Here are a few things that have worked for me:

1. Start early: Introduce your child to vegetables when they are young, the earlier they get used to seeing them on their plate, the more likely they are to accept them. I started introducing vegetables to my kids from six months old when they started eating solids.

2. Lead by example: Kids learn by watching, so make sure to eat your vegetables in front of your child. It encourages them to try new things and helps to create a healthy eating environment.

3. Reinvent classic dishes: Reinvent classic dishes by adding more vegetables. For example, I blend spinach into mac and cheese, add zucchini and carrots to spaghetti sauce, or top pizza with mushrooms and peppers.

4. Make it appealing: Make vegetables more appealing by presenting them in fun ways. For instance, I use cookie cutters to make vegetable shapes, or make a colorful veggie tray with carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber.

5. Patience is key: Remember that it can take time for your toddler to accept new foods. Keep offering vegetables, even if they are initially refused, it can take several tries before they accept them.

I hope you find these tips helpful, good luck with your toddler's vegetable intake!

stan.brekke

Hi there!

I completely understand your concern regarding your toddler's vegetable intake. I have a 3-year-old daughter who is also quite picky when it comes to vegetables. From my experience, it can be really frustrating to try and coax them into eating something that they just don't want to.

One thing that has worked for me is to involve my daughter in the preparation process. I find that if she has helped to chop, wash or cook the vegetables, she is more likely to try them. We also make a point of eating meals together as a family, so she sees us eating and enjoying our vegetables, which helps to encourage her to try them too.

Another thing that has worked for us is to offer a variety of vegetables on her plate, rather than just one or two. This means that even if she doesn't like one vegetable, she may still eat other ones. We also try to make vegetables fun by cutting them into different shapes or making them into a fun dish that she enjoys.

Overall, I think it's important to remember that every child is different and has their own individual tastes and preferences. As long as your toddler is still getting a balanced diet, you shouldn't worry too much. Just keep offering different vegetables and finding new ways to make them more appealing to your little one.

I hope this helps! Best of luck to you and your family.

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