If there’s one thing that I love, it’s trying new foods, and I’m always down to try the weirdest thing on any menu. Sautéed octopus tentacles sprinkled with spicy chiles? Sure! How about some deep fried grasshoppers dipped in tangy sauce? Yum! Since I’ve always been an adventurous eater, I assumed that when I became a mom I wouldn’t struggle with how to get my kid to eat vegetables. I sauntered into solid foods from formula with confidence.
But of course, that’s not how it worked out — especially when it came to healthy foods. I started out making my own purees and nutritious recipes, but my son rebelled big time. I ended up resorting to whatever he’d eat (like string cheese or a ton of sugary fruits) just to get him to eat something. Since I was worrying about setting up picky eating habits that would prevent him from enjoying different food in the future, I had to get creative.
Once I started adding little tricks to my cooking repertoire, it was easier than I thought to introduce veggies into my kid's diet that weren’t raw (too difficult for him to chew) or hard on his tummy. Plus, I was able to create some awesomely yummy dishes that he didn’t even realize were chock full of nutrients! Best of all? Once I gave myself permission to skip constantly making food from scratch and embraced store-bought versions (like ready-made dips and pre-cut carrots), I had more time and energy to focus on my son’s development in different ways.
Now that it’s summertime, I’m focusing on how to introduce summer vegetables to my kid, and I'm looking toward an entirely new set of little tricks to help him fall in love with summer produce — like adding the familiar taste of Simply HEINZ Ketchup, which is made from only seven simple ingredients and is just as delicious as classic HEINZ Ketchup. To kick off the season, Romper and Simply HEINZ Ketchup have partnered up to offer tips and favorite dishes that keep my son happy and healthy (without him even knowing it):