Toddler Nutrition 101: Why toddlers naturally reject vegetables (and how we can help them love ’em again!)
Several times a week in my pediatric naturopathic practice, I see the same old struggle between parents and their toddlers with regards to eating vegetables. Parents will say, “My child used to eat everything I gave her as a baby. She loved vegetables, and now all she wants are carbs and sugary foods!” I’ve seen them try every possible trick in the book to incorporate more vegetables into their child’s diet – from hiding minute traces of them in pasta sauce, to pureeing them into a fruit smoothie, even the reward approach (“I’ll give you a cookie for dessert if you eat your Brussels sprouts”) and yet the toddler still rejects veggies. So what gives?