I love vegetables. I like them as a snack with hummus or in salads or as a side dish at dinner. I think they add flavor and variety to foods and they can make a dry sandwich totally delicious. (A BLT without the LT? No Way!) Vegetables also have an array of very important nutrients that keep us healthy and our bodies running properly. That being said, a person can get nutrients from a range of food sources. I hear many moms lament their infants’ food preferences. “She won’t eat her greens unless I (insert mom-trick here).” Or “I don’t know what to do, he loves fruit but won’t eat vegetables.” And while I sympathize with these moms because they only want the best for their children, I remind them that vegetables, while great for adults, are low in calories and not that critical for babies or toddlers nutrition. Babies are programed to prefer foods high in carbohydrate and high in fat because that is what they need! Futhermore, no one has to eat vegetables. NOBODY. A person can survive perfectly well without ever consuming a piece of broccoli.
So the key for infants and toddlers is to continue to offer vegetables with the foods they prefer. Children that are exposed to veggies tend to eat more of these type of foods. Even if they don’t eat a plate (or even a spoonful) of veggies, offering them is the key part! Perhaps one evening your little one will accept that piece of broccoli or spoonful of carrot. But it's also okay if they don’t.