Q: "Help! My two-year-old loves his carbs (pasta and potato) and protein (eggs, cheese and red meat) but won’t touch vegies or fruit. I’m worried he’s not getting a good nutritional start in life but no amount of bribery is working."
Grace Neil (Deagon, Qld)
A: Research tells us that the more familiar children are with a food, the more likely they are to eat it. So don’t stop putting vegies on his dinner plate or offering fruit at snack time. Keep the amounts small – just a couple of beans or half a cherry tomato. Make sure your toddler sees you eating and enjoying fruit and vegies and talk about how much you like them. But don’t make a fuss if he refuses to try them. In the meantime, try finely grating carrots or zucchini into bolognaise sauce, blending vegetables into soup or as a sauce for dipping sausages or pasta spirals, and whipping fruit into a milk and yoghurt smoothie.