How I feed my child vegetables




Don't judge me. While Jeff and I are getting all hippie-like with our raw-food this, and our grass-fed that, my child is eating mac and cheese. It's the organic kind, but still. I have TRIED to get him to eat raw veggies to no avail. All the raw vegetables I give him end up forlorn and rejected on the floor near his high chair. The only way to get greens in him is to cook, puree them and spoon feed him. Even then it's pretty much only sweet potatoes that he will eat without dramatic and elaborate distractions.
So I put them in his pancakes. Yup, I have a pretty simple pancake recipe and I substitute some of the milk with.... pureed peas, chopped spinach, sweet potato, you name it. It works great for us.

Oh, and here's the recipe:
1 Cup flour (I usually do half wheat half white)
1/2 C milk
1/2 C pureed veggies, raw or cooked
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp agave

So, What do you do to get your little one to eat veggies?

Comments

dstangl said…
It takes kids a long time to like eating raw vegetables since they're so hard to chew and the textures are new. Finn stopped being willing to eat pureed food a long time ago but he always loves steamed vegis. Steamed peas (pinched flat-ish will help prevent choking), rutabaga, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, etc. You have to steam them so they're pretty tender but then you can cut them into bite-size pieces and Beck can have fun picking them up.
Erika said…
I don't know if "little ones" drink smoothies, but we always add a handful of organic spinach to ours. Can't even taste it.
scooping it up said…
i do the pancake trick too. raw veggies are impossible for kids until like 2 years old or older. peas and steamed carrots are big with my kids, esp if they get some kind of dip. and my kids love an ethiopian dish that uses kale or collard greens called gomen wot.

they would all rather die than eat zucchini, but love brussel sprouts. they are all crazy as you can see.
kristin said…
I find giving them veggies first when they are the most hungry tends to get them to eat more. They are so hungry that by the time they notice they've pretty much cleared their plate! :)

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