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Help, my child won’t eat his veggies!

We are firmly in a fussy eating stage, frustrating is the word. I currently have Miss K who will eat pretty much any fruit or vegetable and the J boy is decidedly anti-vegetables. I’ve tried explaining the evidence behind why vegetables are so good for you, talking him through the nutritional benefits (I know, he is only 22 months right now but they understand more than we think, right?)… but he still insists on not eating that veg. His current trick is to pick up a carrot, tell me rabbits eat them and pop it on my plate. Hilarious.

Dietitian UK: Help my child won't eat vegetables!

To be fair we have been through very bad chicken pox, an infection and now teething, so I fully well know why he is being fussy. However it still grates with me.

So I’ve been coming up with all kinds of inventive ways to get those veggies in. I’ve found that actually he likes the taste but is less keen on them in their whole form.  Grated is fine, added to muffins and flapjacks is fine, chopped up small on pinwheels works, blended in a sauce is all ok, but not in chunks on the plate. However I have persistently kept on offering them at each meal, hoping it will pay off. We have a few fail safe options including raw mushrooms, baked beans and spinach, kale or chard. 

Then today at lunchtime, a complete surprise. The J boy asked for avocado, not unusual as his sister was having some and he hates to be left out. I reluctantly gave him some expecting to get it put back on my plate in a squished, licked form… but he ate it and asked for more. 

© Alexstar | Dreamstime.com - Avocado Photo
© Alexstar | Dreamstime.com – Avocado Photo

So I’m just sharing for those of you in that frustrated place. It will pass. Fussy eating does not last for ever. 

All we can do as parents is to keep on offering healthy food, be good role models, stay calm and let them choose with no pressure.

Avocado toast topper

I’m always looking for fresh ideas for lunches that are tasty and healthy but also quick. This idea is inspired by my mum who in the days we had a family hotel used to make a starter with warm avocado in lovely white shell dishes. It was delicious and I now have the dishes as a little bonus 🙂

Avocados are highly nutritous and a great source of monounsaturated fats (heart healthy), potassium, fibre and carotenoids. Although high in calories these are all good calories.

So here is our new favourite way to eat them…

 Dietitian UK: Avocado Toast Topper

Avocado Toast Topper
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
3 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
3 min
387 calories
39 g
20 g
22 g
12 g
6 g
238 g
411 g
5 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
238g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387
Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
34%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 20mg
7%
Sodium 411mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 9g
36%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
31%
Calcium
20%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium avocado
  2. 1 medium tomato
  3. 4 slices bread
  4. 40g brie
Instructions
  1. Cut the avocado in half lengthways, twist to open, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash this with a fork.
  2. Spread the avocado onto the bread, top with sliced tomato and brie.
  3. Place under a medium hot grill for a few minutes until the brie is melted.
  4. Enjoy!
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The Joys of Toddler Eating.

Yesterday I was sat having lunch with my toddler, Kezia – hummous and rice cakes with avocado and tomato. All foods that I know she likes but avocado is one that we haven’t eaten in a while.

She tasted a slice of it, pulled a hilarious face, removed it from her mouth, and in true toddler love then handed it to me. You’ve got to love the sharing of sucked on, dribbled on, slightly chewed food. The next slice met with a similar facial expression and quickly ended up on the floor. Humph, cue not impressed mummy face.

With my mummy head I was thinking “Oh I guess she has gone off avocado” but then my dietitian head thought “I wonder if she just doesn’t like the way I’ve given it to her”. Nope, I’m not on medication for these voices in my head…yet 😉

So I mushed the avocado a little and spread it onto the rice cake, suddenly it was out of my hand and into small girls mouth, being eaten and enjoyed. No more avocado on the floor and no more sharing with mummy.

Dietitian UK: The suspect Avocardo
Dietitian UK: The suspect Avocado

Why am I sharing this? I guess I wonder how many other mummies sometimes assume their little ones just don’t like a food when actually they just:

1. Don’t fancy it at that particular moment.

2. Aren’t keen on it in that form but may like it if it is given to them differently.

3. Teething or out of sorts.

Remember it takes about 10 attempts of a food for a toddler to know if they like it or not, so keep trying, keep being creative and keep smiling when that food ends up on the floor or spat out.