Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Day 149 - Eat Your Vegetables

Today's Tips - Start with vegetables before fruits to encourage your baby to try them

There's a reason kids never want to eat fruits instead of vegetables. The simple sugars in fruits are easier on their palates. So if you introduce fruits before vegetables, they're more likely to get a taste for that fruity goodness and just spit the green beans and squash right back at you. Try the vegetables first, and get them hooked on the "green" and "orange" foods. Green beans, squash, sweet potatoes and peas are all good single ingredient vegetables.

It usually takes up to 10 tries of introducing a new food to babies, so stick with it. My son made a fish face when we gave him his first green beans tonight (I don't like them either). But after a few bites he was opening and swallowing like a parrot. It's important to teach them to have a wide, varied palate now, and that way it'll carry into their adult eating habits. I was never made to eat veggies as a kid, and I don't really like them now that I'm older.

And if you're still just getting started introducing solids, check out my post on introducing solid foods.

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