If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you already know that when it comes to meal time, I am all for easy and feed yourself as much as possible. With a toddler, I realized that this meant that I was slowly feeding my son less and less vegetables. I know, I know. How hard is it really to steam some veggies? The answer is that it isn’t. However, it is time-consuming enough and when I’m trying to get my youngest fed and help the others with homework, hear about their day, keep the house somewhat clean and get started on dinner for the rest of us, sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
I am all for fast and easy, but I just won’t do canned veggies. On the occasion that I did get some veggies steamed for my little one, he was far from impressed. He would try one or two pieces before deciding that he had no interest in eating them and the rest would go on the floor or become ammunition to throw at big brother.
I decided that there had to be a better way. This was the kid that gobbled up nearly every veggie you could think of when he started eating solids. Why did he all of a sudden have a strong aversion to nearly every veggie I decided to send his way? I could just give up and hope he was getting enough nutrition elsewhere. However, that probably wasn’t the smartest idea.
An Idea Was Born
If my son was such a great eater of veggies when he first started solids, why not take advantage of what worked then? I decided to go back to pureeing vegetables for him. It does take a little bit of time to steam and puree the veggies, however, the difference from cooking them for an individual meal is that I can prepare a big batch ahead of time. I can prepare the veggies on the weekends when I have more time.
If you haven’t made your own purees before, be sure to check out my post on how I easily made a month’s worth of baby food in one afternoon for only about $20.
Making it Yummy
Rather than feed the veggies by themselves, I love to mix in other veggies, fruits, and even quinoa to really increase the nutritional value. He is also willing to eat a much wider variety of vegetables when they have some fruit mixed in.
I love using these pouches that I can make myself. Not only are they extremely convenient, my son can manage to eat from the pouches on his own. He loves it and I love that he can feed himself.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and have some great ideas for how to keep those nutritious veggies in your little one’s diet! Be sure to stay connected to all of the great ideas from The Crafty Organized Mom by signing up for updates. When you do, you’ll also grab a free copy of our Family Meeting Guide + Meeting Printable!