Sunday, January 16, 2011

Toddlers and Food [bangs head]

"B"ella is 3... she is in FULL BLOWN toddler mode!  One day she likes something, the next she doesnt like it!  Needless to say, dinner is not the most enjoyable moments in our day.  So, I've been told read.. children need to be exposed to a food up to 10 times before they "LIKE IT".  And I can say that its actually mostly true, at least with "B"ella.  "C"indy just says "It's not my favorite, but I still gotta eat it!"

We've worked our way through carrots (the rule is that they need to eat 4 baby carrots and then they can have a slice of pizza -- they were each eating 2 to 3 slices of pizza without the carrot rule -- and I am sorry, but I can BARELY eat 3 slices of pizza in one sitting!).  She will even eat Califlower (mashed, with sour cream, salt and pepper, and cheddar cheese). And she also eats cabbage! 

Now our a Drama Veggie is broccoli.  As a kid I LOVED broccoli.. still do!!  I found a website that has some tips for getting your toddler to eat broccoli (come on this veggie is packed with fiber!)... can't wait to try anything to get her to eat it. :D 

So do you have any Drama Veggies?  Or suggestions on how to work your way through the Drama and onto the Veggie?!?  On a side note.. fruit isn't a problem.. these two will eat anything and everything in the way of fruit.. they even ate a kiwi.. and those things look scarey!!


  1. Ours love broccoli, but maybe doing like a broccoli casserole? With some cheese and rice in it? I LOVE BROCCOLI CASSEROLE!

  2. @Quacks - I have tried broccoli quiche with her.. she loves egg & cheese quiche, so i just added some chopped up broccoli.. NO GO! I even tried chicken, mac & cheese with broccoli.. she picked out all the broccoli. I am gonna give it another go with raw broccoli and then steamed broccoli with shredded cheese. fingers crossed.

  3. When I was a kid I loved to eat really small pieces of broccoli (apparently I called them little trees according to my mom) dunked in ranch dressing. Probably not the healthiest thing to eat a ton of ranch dressing, but eventually I would break off bigger "trees" to dunk until I was eating the whole piece.

  4. Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld suggests using purees in things. I have the book but I've never used it. I got mine at this place called Ollies (not sure if you have one, it's building 19ish). She also has a brand new sequel to it as well.

  5. Our middle kid won't do strawberries, who doesn't like strawberries. She also doesn't like squash.



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