This post is in partnership with Beech-Nut® Naturals™, but all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. Products provided by Beech-Nut®.
Take it from this mama of a two-year old, getting your kid to willingly eat fruits and veggies can be a challenge. Veggies especially, in our case. Daisy has loved fruits from the moment we introduced them to her at six months old, but getting her to actually swallow any form of vegetable without gagging or instantly spitting it out is like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube: nearly impossible.
But moms and dads, I am happy to share that I’ve discovered a secret! Wanna know it? Do ya, do ya? Of course you do. Beech-Nut® Naturals™. That’s it! My child will literally eat almost every single flavor of Beech-Nut® Naturals™. I don’t know what it is about it, but we gave her the sweet potatoes around nine months and she was a different baby! All of their purees are made from 100% real ingredients, nothing artificial and are inspired by homemade. We’ve been serving up Beech-Nut® Naturals™ in our house for almost a year-and-a-half, and I don’t see it stopping any time soon. Especially since there are so many ways you can incorporate them into your tiny human’s meals!
So here’s my first tip: Once your baby has outgrown or won’t eat baby food purees, don’t stop giving them! Especially if your kiddo won’t touch any other type of veggies (ahem, Daisy). Instead, here are four ways we use Beech-Nut® Naturals™ to ensure Daisy is getting her daily intake of fruits and veggies:
- Offer them Beech-Nut® On-The-Go Pouches. Daisy LOVES these! They’re available in a variety of options and flavors, and super easy and (usually) mess-free. I always keep a pouch in my purse or diaper bag, and they’re so convenient when you’re traveling or running errands.
- Use the jarred purees in a smoothie. It’s a sneaky way to get them to drink up their fruits and veggies without even knowing it. I mix plain Greek yogurt, ice, half a banana and one jar of Beech-Nut® Naturals™ in the blender, pour it in a cup with a straw and have one happy little girl.
- Incorporate them into your breakfast or dinner recipes. I like to mix a jar of fruits or fruits with veggies into her oatmeal or yogurt, and have even stirred in a jar of veggies with her mashed potatoes and she gobbled it right up.
- Make picking out their food fun! Once Daisy started it walking, we let her push around a mini shopping cart at the grocery store and pick out the jars and pouches she wanted. She didn’t really know what she was grabbing, but it was exciting to her and made her feel important (because she is!). When we get home she’s excited to eat the groceries she picked out all on her own.
I hope this helps! Babies and toddlers can be picky eaters and it can be so stressful for us parents. We already question everything we do (or don’t do) for them, but at least getting them to eat their fruits and veggies doesn’t have to be one of those things we worry about. You’re doing great, mama. KEEP IT UP!
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