V-Fusion Juice by V8

by anna on January 10, 2009

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Like many toddlers, Mini doesn’t like vegetables. I am understating it: he refuses to eat most of them. He likes mushrooms if they are sauteed. Occasionally, you can get him to eat peas, provided they are all mashed up and not in spherical form. Similarly, you can get him to eat carrots IF you hide them in macaroni and cheese. Also, he seems to like edamame–again, if it is mashed up. But green beans? Forget it. Broccoli? No, sir. And I haven’t even tried spinach. I offered him a piece of brussels sprouts the other day, and he just looked at me like I was insane. So, as I’m sure is the case in many homes, getting vegetables into his body presents a challenge.

Now, remember when Jessica Seinfeld was on Oprah and she had all those recipes for sneaking vegetables into your kids’ foods? Yeah, I tried that. And actually, many of those recipes are very good, particularly for the baked goods. But most of the time it’s too damn much work for me. So I decided to take advantage of the fact that Mini loves fruit juice (LOVES IT) and start feeding him this V-Fusion juice by V8. So far, so good. He likes all of them, and they all have some kind of vegetable in them–this one has sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes (not a vegetable, exactly, but who are we kidding?), and even beets! No, it’s not a substitute for feeding your kids a balanced meal, and trying to encourage them to enjoy vegetables, but it is a good sneaky cheat for behind the scenes.

{ 5 comments }

Michele January 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

Great idea!

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kristi January 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I give mine JuicePlus and mix spinach with strawberries in a blender. Done!

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J. January 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Personally, I don’t think a quarter cup of spinach hidden in sugary chocolate brownies makes a whole lot of difference. Also, carrot sticks are great, but if they’re drenched in dressing, not really. While I’m not a mom, I think the whole vegetable thing changes with age, and if he likes fruit and fruit juice, that’s good. I will personally vouch for almost any type of smoothie, mashed cauliflower, and sweet potato fries, yum!

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Becky January 10, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I think I’m going to break down and do this. I don’t know why I’m not already. My toddler is a total frugivore, but forget anything that looks vegetal. Sometimes I can sneak things, but then that results in my eating my meal while holding my breath and watching him from the corner of my eye, praying that he’ll take a bite of the secret vegetable payload. Too much stress. Thanks for the rec!

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Juliet January 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm

We were in Canada two years ago and my girls fell in love with a drink very similiar to one of the V8 Fusion flavors. We could NOT find a substitute until I randomly bought V8 Fusion (had a coupon!). The only one they don’t like is the weird blueberry one. I usually cut it 50-50 with water because it’s kinda sweet.

The thing that makes NO sense to me about the veggie hiding is this: I don’t want my child growing up unable to eat spinach unless it’s pureed into a brownie. There are thousands of preparations for vegetables that are real, actual cuisine….I want to discover the ones that my kids like. Then they can live in normal society like normal people.

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