I must admit, I secretly congratulated myself when a friend told me she was trying to find new ways to "hide" vegetables in her toddler's meals. "Not a problem for me," I thought to myself. "Lauren eats her vegetables, no problem." Well, now there's a problem. Just about a month after my friend disclosed her vexing vegetable conundrum, and I'm facing the same thing.
Lauren, now 15 months old, USED to eat her vegetables. I could put peas on her plate with the pleasure of knowing, she would eat them all. Last night, she fed the peas to the dog, laughing as she deliberately dropped each one. Mommy wasn't laughing. It seems every vegetable I put in front of her she leaves on her plate these days. Except for the spinach I add into her eggs and quesadillas. I guess I have some covert vegetable operations of my own!
It's not fresh produce she's opposed to. Lauren will eat fruit all day long and never declare "all done." Note the blueberry-picking photo above. I'm so glad she loves fruit. I just wish she'd learn to love vegetables, again. Then again, her teachers at school surprised me by telling me she ate her green beans Tuesday. She had shunned them at home the night before.
Can anyone offer this stumped mommy advice?