I started introducing him veggies when he started on solids; through carrots, brocolli and spinach. He has no problems with sweet veggies like carrots, but forget about anything that is green, leafy and comes with a stalk. Even when I try to disguise the veggies and hide it in the dishes or rice, his taste buds have this ability to pick them out. He spits it out, then vomits whatever else he swallowed before. After that, I just stopped cooking any green leafy veggies for K's meals.
Since K now eats almost what our family eats during mealtime, he has a penchant for green leafy veggies and will always ask for the 'veg-table' to be placed in his bowl.
Some things that I have realised when it comes to getting a toddler to eat. If a certain food is refused, don't make a battle over it and try to offer it at another meal, in my case, I gave up after a while.
I managed not to turn K off from veggies when I did not make any further attempts to nag or force if he did not want to take a bite. I just thought that I should let nature take its course. Maybe it helps when K sits on his high chair at the family table during meal time. That way, he is encouraged to eat vegetables when he sees us eating them.
I suppose being a positive role model for your child also helps when it comes to food. K also enjoys eating all kinds of fruits, since I am a fruit-lover. And I make sure that dh hides in the room when he eats his junk food, as potato chips and sweets are forbidden food for K.
To see K eating his veggies is almost akin to milestones such as, when he first crawled or flipped over. Dh gets equally thrilled when he sees K relishes every bit of veggie given to him during his meals. He had to take this video when he saw how K happily "shovelled the greens into his mouth."
Excuse me, while I gloat in this 'veggie milestone', although, I am hoping this is not just one of those healthy "food jags".
P.S. I will be taking a short blog break for the next 1 week for our first family holiday with K.