When we first started offering solids to my son, I remember oozing with joy as I watched him inhale things like freshly pureed organic fruit, chunks of avocado, and fistfuls of lentils. There was nothing he wasn’t willing to try, and I delighted in watching his diet, palate, and belly all grow. What was all this talk about picky eaters? My kid loved everything!
And then he turned 1. Determined to live off of nothing but almond butter and toast, he took his formerly colorful segmented plates and turned them into artful arrangements of tomatoes, peas, and squash scattered around my kitchen floor.
Getting him to eat a balanced variety is a daily game of cat and mouse. I offer it, and he turns his nose up in disgust. And like any mom, I worry. And so I’m doing what moms have been doing for as long as it’s been a cliché – sneaking vegetables into his meals in whatever way possible – smoothies, baked goods, soups, and more. It doesn’t always work, and we have our fair share of messes (his) and tears (mostly mine), but I continue to keep trying and seek out creative solutions.
Luckily, I’ve found a few methods that actually work.
Here are five ways to sneak veggies into toddler meals, along with some of the funny ways these have worked (and not worked) for us. Make sure to visit Happy Family’s Facebook page to share a funny feeding story of your own for a chance to win $20,000 towards college for your child!):