Don’t we all have a love/hate relationship with this food group? If getting your kids to have a diverse diet is a war, then getting them to eat vegetables is the front lines. The picky eating battle has been going on in our home since AJ turned one. For the better part of the last four years we have been steadily expanding his diet. Beginning around the time he was weaned of baby food he decided not to eat ANY kind of animal protein or any vegetables. He happily would have lived on dairy, bread and fruit alone. We have come a long way since then, but vegetables are the last frontier.
One of the tactics for dealing with picky eating is letting the child choose a new food to try. So I have decided to start an experiment of having AJ choose a new vegetable to try when we go grocery shopping. The goal is for him to at least try (and hopefully like) at least 2-3 new vegetables a month. He is very excited about this setup. So I though I would share the experience with all of you.
At this point we have made it through two new vegetables, yellow summer squash and sweet red bell pepper. He tried both of the vegetables (on different days) in their raw form. AJ tends to prefer crunchy foods, so if it a vegetable that can be enjoyed raw that is how I am going to serve it. To my great surprise, he liked the squash but not the bell pepper (which we will revisit at a later date since the Babe loved it). The score at this point is 1:2 and his choice for the next time is cucumber. Wish us luck.