Trent, my two year old, has always been a great eater. Seriously, broccoli is one of his favorite foods and on a grumpy morning he can be coaxed into a better mood with half a Flinstone. When presented with offers of marshmallows and other such "goodies" he responds with "garbage. yucky. trash?" I wish I could take full credit for this, but I think a lot of it comes from his resistance to new foods. Sure, it works out great when someone is offering him gummy candies, but doesn't work so great when I'm trying a new recipe or want him to try fruits or veggies he doesn't usually get.
The solution? Having him help me in the kitchen! I know, it doesn't sound like much of a solution for a toddler refusing to try new things- but it works for us! I'm still trying to figure out how to handle 2 kids, so I do a lot of dinner prep in the afternoon. Including Trent does slow me down some, but it gives us a fun and educational activity. Not only that, but taking the time to chop our veggies during the day provides us with a variety of snacking options. His job is usually to separate the veggies into their own bowls, but we both munch while we're working. I always try to include something he likes, but he'll eat anything we're working with. He actually even tried green onions the other day when I was helping my mom prepare some snacks for her church class (he really did not like them, but we still had to stop him from trying a second handful)! I don't know if it's the lack of pressure to try something new, an attempt to copy me, or pure curiosity but I love that he's getting excited about new foods. The best part is that come dinner time, he's happy and knows that he likes all the food on his plate!
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