Getting a toddler to eat their vegetables could be difficult to near impossible at times. This is where your creativity and your superior undercover skills in concealing the greens comes into play to get your kids to eat those pesky little things that are packed full of key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support healthy growth.
Some toddlers love vegetables and others won't open their mouth for them if their life depended on it. When I first started to serve vegetables to my girls, I would use chicken broth or a little bit of salt to improve the taste. Apart from boiled and mashed vegetables, you can give your toddler fresh vegetable juices. This is much healthier than boiled vegetables since all the vitamins and useful nutrients are preserved. Try to stay away from canned vegetables. These are usually marinated or conserved using chemical substances.
If your toddler likes the sweet taste of fruits but not vegetables there are sweet ones that they may be willing to try. Sweet red bell peppers supplies a good amount of vitamin C and other nutrients. Steam the peppers until they are soft and offer them chopped or pureed into a soup. Tomatoes, technically fruits, generally accepted by toddlers and can count toward their daily vegetable requirement.
Several orange vegetables can be sweetened with cinnamon or honey to encourage your toddler to eat them. Orange vegetables are a healthy source of vitamin A. Steam cooked pumpkin, sweet potatoes or carrots until soft. Then drizzle them with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Butternut squash is also another orange option that can be sweetened to entice your child to eat it.
Although a favourite amongst most toddlers, corn is not the only yellow vegetable that are nutritious and sweet tasting. Chop sweet yellow bell peppers into pasta sauce or puree them as a nutritious soup. Bake yellow summer squash with cinnamon and honey. Add shredded yellow squash to bread and muffin recipes. Yellow tomatoes are an additional option.
Definitely not a favourite amongst many toddlers. Broccoli and brussel sprouts are probably the most difficult vegetables to serve to your children. If your child won't eat broccoli or brussel sprouts they can get similar nutritional benefits from green beans and peas. Cucumbers or spinach are also healthy green vegetables your toddler may willingly try.