Yeah! Ava and Annalise now love another veggie - bell peppers of all colors! Bell Pep's are one of my favorite veggie b/c they are packed w/vitamins, so I'm so glad my kids like them now too.
Here's my technique for getting kids to eat their veggies. It's worked with both my kids and they now eat (with no complaints): sweet potatoes, broccoli, salad, carrots, asparagus (I can never roast enough), zucchini, eggplant, celery, beets (only Ava), green beans, peas, and as of tonight bell peppers.
1. When they are infants I only offer veggie baby food - no fruit until they like all the veggie tastes - then I'll incorporate the fruit.
(When they can start eating solid food)
2. I don't give them any veggies on their plates (they still will eat baby food veggies at this point) when they are toddlers until they ASK for some off mine. THAT is the trick! Especially with salad. Ava's been loving salad since she was about 1 1/2 years old. Not bad for a little kid! I'm telling you, making them ask for something that you present as too good to share, will get them to like the veggies.
3. We all go through spurts of liking and not liking certain foods. So, if they start acting bored of a certain veggie, I delete it from the menu for a week or two. And soon enough, they'll start enjoying it again on their own.
Okay, that's it. I just had to share how happy I am that my girls are now begging for raw bell peppers!
******Update on little niece Bree: She started Chemo yesterday and so far so good. She's a real trooper and gave me several smiles the other day. It felt like such a privilege to hold this little girl. I really love her like one of my own children. And I love her momma like my own sister. We love you Justin and Kari! Keep being strong for your darling princess! You can read more of her story if you like on 'Justin and Kari' on my sidebar.