I have searched this question and found some similar posts, but I haven't quite found an answer specific to my own problem.

My 1-year old has just recently gone exclusively to "real" food, or finger food, and no longer eats the pureed or jarred veggies and fruits. He just one day REFUSED to be spoon-fed any longer. I appreciate this step towards independence and have no problem with the transition.

But where he used to eat the pureed vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, squash, etc.) when I fed them to him at lunch and dinner, I can't get him to eat ANY pieces of veggies now that he feeds himself (except for Sweet Potatoes, but I consider those more a starch)...

Is there any way I can encourage him to eat veggies? Do I have to start "hiding" them in other food? Does anyone have any ideas of what veggies I can hide in what food? :)


asked 17 Aug '10, 14:41

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My toddler enjoys spoon-feeding himself although he's not too good at it, yet. You could try giving him a bowl of pureed vegetables and a spoon, and covering the house in drop cloths as if you are going to paint it, and he may get some in his mouth. Other ideas:

  • put cheese on them. I "make it snow" for my toddler (grate cheese onto his food) and he likes that. Or melted cheddar on broccoli is a good one -- that's how my husband ate his veggies as a kid. (In fact he couldn't understand why our toddler would eat his veggies without cheese!)
  • cook the veggies more. Maybe they're too hard for him to chew.
  • don't worry about it for now, and give him extra fruit, assuming he likes fruit. There are a lot of nutrients in fruit that are also in vegetables. Eventually maybe he'll come around to veggies again.
  • does he eat pasta w/ tomato sauce? That's a good place to hide spinach and peppers.

By the way, sweet potatoes are full of vitamins. This website claims they are the number one vegetable for nutrition:

The reasons the sweet potato took first place? Dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.


answered 17 Aug '10, 17:51

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Great answer...Thanks!!

(17 Aug '10, 20:38) DazedandConfused

Good ideas. I'd just add that I also give my 15 month old a baby fork. He loves trying to stab the steamed veggies. I'll put steamed veggies in front of him and help him stab them with his fork. Watching him try to get the fork in his mouth is really fun. He is so proud of himself when he is successful!

(18 Aug '10, 01:15) cat_g

Oh, great idea, cat_g. My boy is 15 months old too, I should try that.

(18 Aug '10, 12:06) Anne

+1 Cheese idea is very good & @cat g baby fork and the stabbing reflex is surely fun!

(18 Aug '10, 15:31) Emi

My two year is similar. A couple of things I have discovered are:

  • that she likes baked/roast vegetables. I do them with a very small amount of oil at a high temperature.
  • muffins made with vegetables
  • sauce to dip the vegetables in

answered 18 Aug '10, 01:40

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+1 Nice suggestions... particularly the veggie muffins!

(18 Aug '10, 15:29) Emi

Great ideas. I'd forgotten about sauce. I'm not sure my guy would have been able to do the sauce as a 1-year old but he loves it now. (Again, it's messy, but that's life with a toddler...)

(18 Aug '10, 17:13) Anne

Oh and speaking of sauce, we were at a restaurant this weekend and they had a "kid's appetizer" of apple slices with really liquidy peanut butter. They must have mixed it with water or added extra peanut oil. Anyway he LOVED it and I thought it was pretty tasty too!

(18 Aug '10, 17:14) Anne

You could also try using pureed veggies as dip.

(18 Aug '10, 18:33) Neen
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