My 4-year-old refuses to eat any veggies. How can I make sure
she gets enough nutrients each day?
Start off by setting a good example by eating a nutritious diet
that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Then, simply use
your imagination. Try chopping up veggies (such as carrots or
zucchini) and putting them in foods like muffins or pancakes. You
can also try dressing up veggies with something she enjoys - add
cheese to broccoli, for example, or peanut butter to celery, or
have her dip veggie sticks in yogurt.
Sometimes, all it takes is a fun arrangement to get kids eating.
Make up a plate of mini foods (baby carrots, baby corn, cherry
tomatoes, etc.) or make a face out of vegetables, complete with
peas for eyes, a carrot for the nose, and sprouts for hair.
For more information, check out these articles:
Healthy Food Shopping
Nutrition Guide for Toddlers
Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: January 2007
Originally reviewed by:
Neil Izenberg, MD
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