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Okay, so you've got a picky little eater do you? Don't be surprised if your little one gobbles up an entire plate of carrots one day, and then spits them on the floor the next. Once toddlers are eating solid baby food, they start to really notice the texture and taste of food. If one day you happen to feed him some carrots that aren't as sweet as the ones you gave him yesterday, he's going to remember that. Now he thinks every carrot fed to him will be bitter.
Don't force the issue. Usually if you give up the fight and move on to another food choice, you'll be able to gradually reintroduce that food back into his diet. It might take a while, but be patient. When you make muffins, try adding some minced or pureed vegetables into the mixture.
This might seem a little sneaky, but you can always use descriptions like “magic sparkly bread” to get your child to eat healthy snacks. Make a loaf of banana bread, add some shredded carrots and toss in a handful of cake decorations to pretty it up. Sometimes you've got to go a little crazy with your recipes, but if it means the difference between your child eating healthy, or not eating at all, it's worth it.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|