My 3 year old daughter stopped eating all green food! If there’s even parsley or a green onion in her rice or pasta – it gets picked out and handed to me. We adopted her from China and she ate everything we got her at 23 months. She hit 24 months and switch went off! She loves whole fruits (struggling to get her to eat berries – texture I think freaks her out) but not juices. Any suggestions on how to get my daughter to eat them? I realize that I have given up offering them on her plate (because she just removes them immediately). Sigh. Any advice would be great. I can only hope that at least observing me eating lots of veggies and fruits helps her. ~ Janet
Little ones tend to be as picky as can be and it is challenging for most parents to encourage their children to consume an adequate variety of health-promoting foods… particularly when it comes to vegetables.
The number one most important factor is role modeling. So, if she observes you eating (and enjoying) a wide assortment of fruits and veggies at every meal, she will eventually catch on and incorporate those habits. Secondly, you can try to sneak in some veggies into every meal you make her. Smoothies are great ways to surreptitiously place some neutral-tasting spinach, kale, collard greens, beet greens, or dandelion greens where she may never notice…especially if you cover up the color with some powerfully-colored berries or cherries. You can add small pieces of leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, peas, lima beans, or other veggies to her pasta, in sandwiches, and on cheese-less pizzas. Other ways to boost vegetable consumption is to make a delicious dip (a hummus or other bean dip, guacamole, etc.) and provide it to her with raw veggies to dunk in there. You can also institute the “one-bite” rule, where she must try at least one bit of all the dishes you provide.
Repetition helps as kid’s picky palates adjust over time and with frequent exposure. So keep role modeling and providing healthy options. If your daughter is hungry, she will eat. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with a variety of choices that are easy to offer and try the healthiest foods first.