At age three, my son Eric was a tall, healthy, energetic kid. Like many of his toddler peers, he recoiled with horror if vegetables were on his plate. Yet strangely, he would happily eat pureed veggies out of a jar. To me, the liquefied green gunk seemed like more of a turn-off than an actual green bean, but if he was ingesting the nutrients, I didn’t want to argue about it. But then my go-to variety of Mixed Vegetables was discontinued. It was like the company was saying, “Um, your son is three. It’s over with the jars. Deal with it.” And so began my mission to introduce vegetables – real ones – to Eric’s daily menu.
Kristi York is a mom and writer in Waterloo, Ont. Her husband and two sons all eat carrot sticks, but asparagus remains a far-off dream.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, November 2014.