Don't Be Sneaky!
Don’t be sneaky! Sneaking foods, such as vegetables, into meals (sauces, smoothies, casseroles, baked goods) has the potential to create distrust in the parent-child feeding relationship. It’s fine to add veggies and other nutritious ingredients, just be sure kids know they’re there.
It’s typical for a baby who loves all the foods to turn more selective in the toddler and preschooler years. Roll with it. Refrain from temptations to use pressure, bribes, discussions of nutrition, or becoming a sneaky chef to get veggies in.
I have adult clients today who tell me they will never eat certain foods because of pressured eating during childhood.
Presenting a variety of veggies in different ways without pressure is the best way to cultivate a positive food experience for kids.
Here are some of my favorite “picky” eating books:
Some Pressure-Free Mealtime Language Alternatives:
“You don't have to eat it, but you do need to come sit at the table.”
“I want to remind you to get as much as your tummy needs because our next meal or snack is not until ____(i.e., tomorrow morning).”