My kid hates veggies. She doesn’t like the colors, so anything she sees that looks like a vegetable, she will shake her head no to.
#MommyProbs, am I right?
After lots of trial + error, and tears (yes, I would cry when she wouldn’t eat the stuff I made especially for her), I had a genius idea that allowed me to sneak in veggies.
And guess what? It worked!
You guys, this is super simple, and it’s probably a “duh!” for all you moms out there, but for me, this tip has saved me my sanity. So I’m gonna share.
Here’s the gist: You know those pouch things that have fruit and veggie mash-ups? Well, you make your own and fill it with whatever pureed veggies you want. But, you also mix it with apple sauce, which does a great job of canceling out some of the bitterness of vegetables.
What you’ll need:
- Refillable pouches. I use the Baby Brezza Easy-Fill Pouch System, which has everything you need. Plus they are BPA, phthalate, and lead free.
- Pureed veggies. To put these pouches together quickly, I just grab Gerber Non GMO baby food veggies. You can make your own baby food, too.
- Apple sauce. I always have these organic GoGo Squeezes on hand, which are so convenient when on-the-go and during traveling.
- A baby. 😉
Here’s what to do:
- Pour the pureed veggies into a bowl, and stir.
- Then, add the apple sauce.
- Blend it all really well, and do a taste test to see if the bitter taste is gone (especially if you’re not using a portioned pouch, like I am). I try to keep it not too sweet, because I want my
toddler to get used to the taste of veggies, so I use just enough apple sauce to make it bearable.
- Get your pouch ready (open it up, make sure the cap is on!).
- Insert the funnel into the pouch’s opening.
- Pour the blended veggies into the funnel. Note: make sure you pay attention to the capacity – you don’t want to overfill it, then it won’t close.
- Voila! Zip up the pouch, and feed to baby, or store in the fridge for later.
My goal isn’t to sweeten up veggies so that all my child tastes is sugar. In fact, I use the apple sauce just to mask the bitter flavor a bit. And I also love that the color is still green-ish, because my daughter has gotten more comfortable eating green foods, since she sees the color, and still eats it.
Eventually, I’d love to have her willingly eat vegetables without having to “hide” or “mask” the flavor, but until she’s a bit older, this is what works for me. It gives her the nutrition she needs throughout the day by eating a couple of these pouches as snacks. And it gives me piece of mind!
What #MomHacks do you have for getting your babies to eat more of the healthy stuff?