What if your child hates a certain vegetable (or more)?
Smart substitutions that meet your child's needs-
Dr. Jingwen Huang obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nutrition and Food Science at Florida State University in 2018.
Workarounds for kids who are picky about what they eat
Some babies make a face when they taste a food and some kids would rather starve than eat a food they hate. That doesn't mean you have to get your armor on for a battle.
The point of eating fruits and vegetables is to get the nutrients they provide. The good news is that they don't want a certain vegetable, others can provide the same nutrients. Carrots are a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Manganese, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium. But tomatoes are another good source. You can substitute most dark green vegetables for each other, and provide all the nutrients needed.
Similar colored vegetables usually have the same nutrients. They aren't identical, but they can be substituted just like citrus fruits can be exchanged for each other.
Change Your Tactics
- If your child doesn't like broccoli, try putting cheese on it or don't cook it and instead serve it raw with dressing or a dip.
- If your child doesn't like tomatoes with salad, try cherry tomatoes as a snack. Let him or her see you having fun popping them in your mouth. Laugh as it explodes and let them see you as their role model.
- The point is that telling them isn't as effective as having them watch you eating vegetables as part of your daily life. (It's important to be a great role model).
- Some kids prefer raw veggies instead of cooked. Others don't like their foods touching on their plates. Learn your child's patterns and when you can, adapt to them.
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