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.