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How many days has it been since you have showered?
How many goldfish and/or other cracker crumbs are in the back seat of your car currently?
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Hello fellow mothers. Welcome to the ultimate sneak attack on your children to get them to eat all kinds of crazy veggies that they would normally never let enter their small, adorable mouths. The vegetables that would end up surrounding the floor of your high chair like a decorative wreath instead of being in said adorable children’s bellies.
Here’s the delio, people. Getting your kids to eat veggies is not the easiest task. When they are babies, it can be a problem with texture and potentially flavor as well. When they are toddlers, it can be an issue with flavor and just general pickiness: “that’s gross – what is it – no way I’m eating that – I want mac and cheese.”
I consider my one year old to be a decently good eater. He falls somewhere in between *won’t eat anything that isn’t a typical little kid food – i.e. chicken nuggets and goldfish* and *will literally eat anything you put on his high chair no matter what it is*. He’s in the middle of that spectrum. He will eat a decent amount of stuff, but if you just throw some cooked veggies onto his high chair, it’s prooooobs not gunna happen for ya.
Fruit is his love and passion in life – he will eat fruit until his little belly sticks out like a pregnant lady. He also loves carbs, even the whole wheat stuff. Protein pancakes, whole wheat crackers, whole wheat pasta, PB & J on whole wheat bread – we’re good with all that. Veggies is where things can get sketchy. He loves pureed veggies, like the packs that you can buy at the grocery store, but we want him physically eating veggies, too, which has been a slight challenge for us.
However, this kid freakin’ LOVES marinara sauce. If he could take a bath in marinara sauce, he’d do it in a second and crawl at max speed towards the tub. He literally shoves fist fulls of pasta with marinara in his tiny little gullet so fast, it’s alarming, and I have to watch closely because I’m 99% sure some choking is about to go down.
So, we hatched a theory. If we cover other things in marinara sauce, will he eat them? What about green beans? What about cauliflower? More tests are needed….