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    Default 2yo refusing all fruit and vegetables

    When DD was younger and on puree's she ate everything, I would get numerous vegies and fruits into her without a drama.

    Now that she is eating our meals (and has been for a while) she simply will not eat anything that looks remotely like fruit or vegetables. Doesn't matter what way I cook them, put sauces on them, she has this radar that knows what it is and will not touch them.

    As she is pretty much just a carnavore, she is now suffering bouts of constipation which is horrible for her, so much tears.

    Any ideas on how to get her to eat them, I do grate them into food when I can but I would like to tackle this head on and find a way to encourage her to eat. We've tried the one for you one for me, all the praise etc but she is one stubborn little girl.

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    What about raw?

    My girls (2 and 3.5) love munching on carrot sticks, raw beans, frozen peas etc.

    I have an unwritten rule that anything eaten after 4pm and before dinner is served is either fruit or veges. I just don't let them have anything else. Eventually they'll eat it if they're hungry enough and they KNOW you're not going to cave and give them an alternative.

    My girls eat most of their dinner veges before dinner is even served.

    As for the constipation, you could try lactulose or osmolax / movicol to get things moving. Despite her diet, my 2 yr old has trouble pooing due to slow motility and a scoop of osmolax in her water bottle each day helps keep things working properly.

    HTH

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    DS who is also 2 is a bit the same. I have found that getting him to "help" cook the food helps. Normally I get him to help me get the veges out of the fridge, let him put the cut up veges in the pot and encourage him to taste them. As far as I am concerned eating them raw is just as good as eating them cooked. Same goes for frozen peas and corn, I let him eat these frozen too.

    I also grate lots of carrot, zucchini and parsnip up to put in food, add finely chopped spinach (which I whizz in the blender) to food as well. Technically DS knows they are in the food but does not realize he's eating them because there are no chunks.

    I also crush up white beans to add to mince etc, might that help with the constipation also?

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    I also grate and hide alot of things, but seconding the raw veg suggestion. My ds and dd (2 & 4) are the same but the other day I gave them some washed raw snowpeas thinking they would just get thrown but nearly fell over when they started happily munching on them!
    My ds also loooves pumpkin soup with bread, so I make that a fair bit too. Dd doesn't but she loves baked beans, so I add a bit of pumpkin soup to her beans and she's none the wiser

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    Even though we eat a good variety, when we have mash I add potato, pumpkin, cauliflower and sweet potato, and often add onion, chopped spinach, mushrooms, or capsicum to it. Then the mash takes up a fair portion of our meal as it contains a variety of veges.

    I also grate carrot, zucchini, onion, capsicum, and spinach in pasta sauce.

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    Sometimes they just want to assert their independance and the more we worry the more they resist. I usually have a plate of cut up fruit/veggies on the table and the kids help themselves to this. Could you try cutting up some fruit and veggies and maybe even some dip on a plate nicely arranged and leave it where your DD can reach it and see if she will help herself? Maybe even put a cup and a small jug with a little bit of water and tell her she's a bit girl and she can get her own food and drink now and leave her to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Even though we eat a good variety, when we have mash I add potato, pumpkin, cauliflower and sweet potato, and often add onion, chopped spinach, mushrooms, or capsicum to it. Then the mash takes up a fair portion of our meal as it contains a variety of veges.

    I also grate carrot, zucchini, onion, capsicum, and spinach in pasta sauce.
    Now that is awesome and if I could get either of my kids to eat that I would be over the moon. It's like they both have a vegetable radar (raw or cooked) and will not touch it. DS will eat fruit and a few vegies so I tend not to worry about him as I know he is getting a bit. The fruit bowl is at their height so DS will happily help himself, DD just says "no, no like it" and walks off in disgust LOL.

    I'll keep reading the replies and try a few suggestions. She is so much worse than DS was at this age, it's really starting to stress me out

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    DS loves mince and pasta. I put anything I can in to the mince mixture.

    Currently we are having beef/lamb mince with tomatoes, carrot, apples and blueberries and he loves it. (all fruit/veg is grated)

    For BBQ dinners I put veggies on his plate every single night. Some nights he will eat them others they won't be touched.

    Afternoon tea is fruit or cut up veggies (when I'm organised)

    We make potato and pumpkin mash in my KitchenAid and he loves helping and eats it - I think he thinks its 'cake mix'

    I just keep persisting with offering veggies - I also don't think there is anything wrong with pureeing or hiding veggies in food when they're younger.

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    My DS is the same with veg (he eats fruit) so with nearly every dinner I put frozen (straight out of the freezer, not defrosted or heated) peas and corn on his plate. He will eat it them most of the time. Also he likes unusual things like olives and sundried tomatoes so I make him antipasto platters with ham, dip, cheese, cooked chorize and olives etc and he loves it. I just gave up fighting about and encourage him to eat what he does like, and still offer what he doesn't but don't make a big deal.

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    My 2 yr old DS is very similar, only instead of eating meat, he loves dairy & plain starchy/fibre rich carbs like cereal, bread, crackers, rice & pasta.

    Here's some ideas that might help you, its a tricky age, some days you can get them to eat really well, other days it just doesn't work.

    * Mashed banana sandwiches
    * Roast vegetables with a tiny amount of honey (its not ideal, but I'd rather him eat veges with a little honey than none at all!)
    * Raw vegetables with peanut butter or dip (I use carrots & celery)
    * Fruit with jelly or vanilla ice-cream
    * Vegetable quiches
    * Mix vegetables with pasta sauce or casseroles
    * Vegetable fritters (pan fried)
    * Avocado boats with cream cheese
    * Vegetable & fruit pizzas


 

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