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How to Get Your Child to Eat Vegetables ?

Puja Sharma Vasisht
1 to 3 years

Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht
Updated on Jun 06, 2019

How to Get Your Child to Eat Vegetables
Reviewed by Expert panel

Have a fussy eater at home who turns up her nose every time vegetables are served to her? It can be a struggle at times making your little one eat vegetables. Most of the time they may not eat vegetables at all or may leave most of the portion served in their plates. So, let’s try incorporating veggies in their daily meals in some fun ways.

 

Proven Tricks to Get Your Child to Start Eating Vegetables

Here are some tips, shared by our nutritionist, which are interesting and easy and will make your child accept and eat vegetables more willingly. Read these

#1.  Start Serving Vegetables Early: 

The earlier you introduce vegetables in your young one's diet, the better. Their palette acquires the taste and they easily accept them in their meals. But if you have missed the train, don’t worry you can add them the following ways.

#2. Try Invisible Ways: 

Giving different coloured staples. Boil and mash vegetables like spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, carrot etc. Add their puree to get different coloured pasta, chapatti, paranthas, rice, and idlis etc which makes them attractive to your child. [Check - What Should Be Child's Daily Diet Plan?]

#3. Add Veggies to His/Her Other Favourites:

If your little one is fond of pizza, macaroni, burgers, sandwiches etc, add a lot of veggies to these. You can add red, and yellow coloured peppers, olives, steamed broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber, and carrot to these. 

#4. Making Desserts with Veggies:

If your child loves to have sweet treats give vegetables in those too. Ice creams, kheers, cupcakes, halwa's can be made with vegetables like pumpkin, bottle gourd (Ghia), carrots, green peas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

#5. Dips of Veggies:

Different vegetables like zucchini, carrot, squash, beetroot, broccoli, and spinach can be used as dips/sauces. Blenderise the vegetables and add to the puree of tomato, onion, garlic. Add olive oil/vinegar/hung curd. These can be used as dips for their fries, garlic bread or as a spread for Kathi rolls.

Helpful Read: Winter Foods to Keep Child's Body Warm

#6. Visible Ways:

Setting examples yourself- by eating more vegetables yourself, you set an example for your children to follow. Include more veggies in your own diet, be it curries, soups or salads. Children learn fastest from role models.

#7. Fun Presentation:

instead of offering veggies in the usual way, present them to your child in an attractive way. Cut vegetables in different shapes like star, a crescent of the moon, and batons etc. While giving staples to your child get creative. Instead of giving regular chapatti with vegetable, spread a layer of dip/ketchup on chapatti and put different shaped vegetables and roll it up. This can be done with tortillas too.

 

Tips to Prepare Your Picky Eater into Vegetable Eating Ready Toddlers

In this age, it is important to make them familiar with various vegetables. It can be done at meals but in other ways too. 

  • You can give little ones clay/ play dough to make their own vegetables
  • Give pictures of vegetables to stick or draw 
  • Cutouts of vegetables and ask them to colour it or paste on a board
  • Take them for vegetable shopping and let them pick their favourites
  • Get them to the kitchen to show how vegetables are being served or used in different recipes
  • Give them a cookie cutter to cut a shape out of a vegetable slice but under supervision
  • Involving them in cooking increases their acceptance of these foods

 

Helpful Read: Winter Foods Ideas or Meal Option for 1-3 Aged Child

 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Nov 18, 2015

Very very useful tips u gave me,thanks u so much

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| Jul 26, 2016

Thanks .it's really help me

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| Nov 17, 2016

thank u

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| Nov 27, 2016

thanku so much

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| Dec 21, 2016

thanks for such information.

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| Feb 15, 2017

thank you so much...

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| Feb 27, 2017

thank you so much sir.... little confusion cleared now

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| Feb 27, 2017

thank u so much

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| Mar 15, 2017

Very helpful to me. Thanks for the blog.

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| Mar 16, 2017

m.

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| Mar 17, 2017

How To Make Your Kid Eat Vegetables https://www.parentcircle.com/clipbook/how-to-make-your-kid-eat-vegetables/

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| Apr 10, 2017

thank you

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| Apr 14, 2017

thanks it helps me a lot

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| Apr 21, 2017

really.... very useful.... will definitely try it on her

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| Jun 02, 2017

Thank you

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| Jun 08, 2017

very much useful, thx a lot

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| Jun 26, 2017

very useful ideas... we ll surely try in these ways...

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| Jun 29, 2017

my daughter doesn't listen to me... unless I shout n sometime ...slap..her ...wt should I do. ??

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| Jun 30, 2017

Thank you so much

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| Jul 04, 2017

Thank you Pujaji

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| Jul 04, 2017

Thank you Pujaji

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| Jul 04, 2017

very nice ideas

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thnk u

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thanks for ur reply

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thanks for ur reply

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| Jul 09, 2017

Thanks for reply

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| Jul 19, 2017

thanks a lot.

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| Jul 19, 2017

thanks a lot.

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| Jul 19, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Jul 20, 2017

thank you

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| Jul 23, 2017

thanks for your valuable suggestion... I will try

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| Jul 24, 2017

thank you for your suggestion

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| Jul 29, 2017

thank you

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| Jul 31, 2017

thank you so much for your suggestions.

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| Jul 31, 2017

thank you so much for your suggestions.

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks so much .i hope it will be useful for me

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks so much .i hope it will be useful for me

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks so much .i hope it will be useful for me

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| Aug 05, 2017

thanks so much .i hope it will be useful for me.

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| Aug 12, 2017

thanks

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| Aug 17, 2017

Thank you puja ji, i hope this will work for me.

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| Aug 18, 2017

thanks Puja...... it would be a great help

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| Aug 18, 2017

thanks Puja...... will try your ideas

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| Aug 18, 2017

thanks Puja...... will try your ideas

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| Aug 22, 2017

thanks

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| Sep 10, 2017

Thnx

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| Sep 26, 2017

Thanks. Will start with vegetables puree recipes.

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| Oct 30, 2017

Thank you so much mam

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| Oct 30, 2017

Thank you so much mam

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| Nov 08, 2017

thanks mam .. i ll definitely do this

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| Nov 08, 2017

thanks mam .. i ll definitely do this

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| Nov 08, 2017

thanks mam .. i ll definitely do this

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| Nov 12, 2017

very much useful for all moms.

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| Nov 14, 2017

Thanks madam

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| Nov 14, 2017

Thanks madam

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| Nov 14, 2017

Thanks madam

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| Nov 15, 2017

thank u so much madam

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| Nov 15, 2017

thank u so much madam

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| Nov 15, 2017

thank u so much madam

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| Nov 15, 2017

thank u so much madam

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| Nov 27, 2017

Thank u mam

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| Nov 27, 2017

Thank u mam

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| Dec 24, 2017

Thnk u mam

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| Dec 24, 2017

Thnk u mam

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| Dec 24, 2017

Thnk u mam

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| Jan 08, 2018

Thank you so much

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| Jan 08, 2018

Thank you so much

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| Jan 23, 2018

meri beti to sandwich,pizza me se vegetables nikal kr khaati

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| Jan 23, 2018

meri beti to sandwich,pizza me se vegetables nikal kr khaati h thank you for suggestions mam

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| Apr 29, 2018

Thank you ma'am for ur really useful tips

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| Jul 18, 2018

thank you mam

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| Jul 18, 2018

thank you mam

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| Jun 13, 2019

my son is 2 years old he don't like anything accept khichri

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| Jul 07, 2019

how to make my 2. 7 years daughter to eat khichdi n daal rice?

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