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Battle of the Broccoli

I fought a losing battle last night. I tried to get my son to eat broccoli.

The funny thing about it is that he used to eat broccoli all the time when he was younger. I guess he didn’t know any better then.

I cooked a nice dinner for him. Baked chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. I also gave him some of his favorite honey wheat bread. I placed it in front of him with some apple juice. He stared at his plate for a few seconds, as if he had never seen that kind of food before. Then, he picked up a chicken tender, examined it, and put it down. I fixed my plate and sat at the table. I noticed that he was not eating, so I decided to go over to him and encourage him to eat.

“Eat your food baby,” I said. He looked at me with the most precious smile. While he grinned at me, I slid some broccoli in his mouth. He wasn’t too happy about that. I encouraged him to chew it up and he did. I was so proud of him! I encouraged him to use his spoon to eat his macaroni. I took his hand with the spoon in it, scooped up the macaroni, and tried to put it in his mouth. My son pursed his lips together very tightly and turned his heard. He didn’t want to eat it. What kid doesn’t like macaroni????

I finally got him to open his mouth again and I quickly put some broccoli in there. After finishing my food and putting some dishes in the sink, I turned around and looked at my son. My son was holding the broccoli in his mouth, with drool sliding all down his cheeks and chin. GROSS!!!! I quickly gave him some honey wheat bread to eat. Only then did he swallow the broccoli, and that was so he could eat the bread.

Oh well. Do I at least get credit for trying? Someone recommended dip to me, so I’ll try that. How do you get your kids to eat veggies?


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  • Beams of Light Ministries March 7, 2009, 7:52 PM

    I think you get credit!

  • Tonya Nash March 7, 2009, 5:45 PM

    Hey Tonya, mixing the veggies is definately the key. Check out this recipe

    I prefer it made with mozzerella cheese instead but it’s a great recipe. Daniel likes macaroni and chicken, so this will combind the two. Tell me how you like it.


  • Shara March 6, 2009, 10:18 PM

    You definitely get credit for trying! Getting our kiddos to eat veggies is often pretty difficult. I’m 2 for 3 at this point with mine. =)

  • Christian Mommy Writer March 6, 2009, 11:40 PM

    LLnL – Great tips. I’ll try them and see how they work. I think that they will.

    Kennisha and Shara – Thanks for the encouragement. It always helps to get feedback from other mommies!

  • Kennisha Hill March 6, 2009, 3:46 PM

    Aww! What an incredibly cute story! Wow, you did great though. I completely agree with the post above. Keep trying! I’m sure he’ll learn to like it!

    You’re doing great mommy!


  • 3L March 6, 2009, 11:44 AM

    Number one lesson,”If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” they say it takes kids trying something 15 times before they get use to the taste. In this case I would have just let him eat what he wanted and then try to serve the left overs for breakfast and then lunch. He he refuses twice then prepare something different for dinner, but one week late and cook the first meal again and repeat.

    Find something that he likes a lot and mix in the veggies. There is a great book called, “Deceptively Delicious”. All the recipes include some kind of veggie puree but kids don’t notice.

    My mom use to put a little sugar on the veggies when she cooked them. As we got older she weened is of the sugar. Instead of a brownie we had broccoli with a touch of sugar at dinner.

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