Our Veg For Victory challenge

Many a parent worries from day one of weaning about whether their children will eat their vegetables. Will it be a fight when they are older or will they just accept them as a great source of food? One way to help encourage your little ones is to eat their greens is to start weaning with them.

With M and F we started weaning with vegetables from the word go, with M I did a bit more individual ones than with F but they both grew up having veg as their main food. Even with this approach it is easy to fall into the trap of serving only a few favourites and using less as they grow. For this reason I was only to willing to take part in Ella's Kitchen's Veg For Victory campaign, that encourages parents to introduce a new vegetable each day for two weeks.

We were provided with a fantastic crate of vegetables and a chart to keep a track of our progress from Ella's Kitchen to help us with this challenge and I think the chart was fantastic (and I wish we got boxes of vegetables delivered every week!).

The bonus of this challenge is that it meant I tried more vegetables with my 2 year old as well. She loves her veg (but can go through stages) but generally we use the same things. This reintroduced her with many vegetables which we thought she would not try but surprised us and loved! I think it is something that all families should do from time to time. You never know what they might start liking when they haven't tried it in a while.

So the challenge was easy. One new vegetable each day for two weeks. Easy. 

We tried 14 different vegetables over 14 days and did not find any that he refused. There were a couple he was unsure of (broccoli and brussel sprouts) though he did eat them. He loved carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, sugar snap peas and potato and liked all the others. His sister tried, and a loved, sugar snap peas for the first time! A great healthy snack right there. She even tried mashed and boiled potatoes which she has always refused (though we do always put it on her plate for her to try).

We tried to introduce each vegetable on its own, so F could get the full flavour, but he did love Greek Moussaka, in Greece, with Aubergine and I wouldn't know what to do with it otherwise if I am honest.

Since we did this challenge I have added vegetables in so many more meals, to bulk them up and make them a bit more healthy. I mean who doesn't love stew with butternut squash, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

We have enjoyed experimenting with vegetable soups as well and each and every dish has been enjoyed.

Our two weeks of vegetables were: broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, potato, peas, sugar snap peas, aubergine, cauliflower, parsnip, peppers, green beans and swede.

I totally recommend any parent to do this, not just with the first few weeks of weaning but periodically throughout the year as you can never tell what they might enjoy when tehy otherwise never touched it before.

We weer sent a hamper of vegetables and toys in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are ours and ours alone.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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