For those of you just tuning in, this post is an update to Operation Eat More Vegetables, which is my attempt at getting my 3-year-old, as the title amply explains, to eat more vegetables.
To get a sticker, Meghan has to eat all the vegetables she is served at dinner. It took her 12 days to get 7 stickers on her reward chart.
She was excited to have the seven stickers needed to make a trip to the ice cream parlor. And yes, her fairy princess get-up is everyday attire around here. She loves dressing up and wearing fancy clothes. Even when we have no where to go.
For her reward, she enjoyed a strawberry ice cream cone. Pink, of course. Because pink is her favorite color. Duh.
It’s hard to tell if this reward system is going to have a long-term positive effect on her vegetable-eating habits or not, but for now she is eating more vegetables than she was before, so I’m happy with how it’s going.
I won’t say that it’s been easy every night. There are some nights where she literally had to choke down the vegetables on her plate to get a sticker. This isn’t obviously how I want her to get her vegetables eaten, but I hope as her taste buds develop she’ll start liking them more. And by then, maybe this will help her be used to eating them.
Today I’m bringing you a recipe for blueberry vinaigrette. Yes, I do know that blueberry vinaigrette salad dressing is not a vegetable. But it just may encourage more vegetable eating.
I want to move Meghan in a direction of eating more like we eat. She is still stuck on having everything deconstructed. This dressing was my attempt to get her to eat salad. I figured since she loves blueberries, maybe she’d be willing to try a salad with blueberries and blueberry dressing.
I was wrong, by the way. She wanted nothing to do with eating the salad. But the dressing was delicious, so I thought I’d share the dressing recipe anyway. I can see this being a hit with older kids. Or just less-picky kids. Who knows? Kids are funny.Print