I'm writing this as last night my 2 year old thumped at the fridge, wailed and screamed at me. I asked her to show me what she wanted. I thought she was going to point to yoghurt, but she opened the vegetable tray and pulled out the Romanesco Broccoli! As you are reading this, you are probably going really! Well those were my thoughts last night. She loved vegetables earlier on, but then had a rebellion. So what worked, I explained food to her in her words. A bit like my parents used to I guess "carrots help you to see". 1. Do you want to Jump? If you eat Broccoli you will be able to jump. Does Mummy eat vegetables? 'Yes.' Can mummy jump? 'Yes.'
This isn't far from the truth we 'adults' just think in terms of vitamin D and Calcium. This meant nothing to my daughter neither did the concept of being healthy. What meant more was talking about it in ways that meant something to her, what she would be able to do. This concept can be applied to other foods high in Vitamin D and Calium: Oily Fish, White Mushrooms, Whole Milk, Kale, Eggs, Oatmeal, Almonds, Oranges, Kale and Raw Spinach to name but a few.
2. Do you want to be able to skip? Well to be able to skip your brain needs to co-ordinate. In our language vitamin B12 which is in: Mackerel, Swiss Cheese, Feta Cheese, Cured Ham, Sardines, Eggs, Salmon, Chicken, Whole Milk, Tuna, Fortified Tofu.
3. Do you want to be able to see in the dark? This is the old chestnut that my mum used. Vitamin A can prevent nighttime blindness, eye inflammation, and dry eyes. However, it is not just carrots rich in the vitamin, other sources include: Sweet Potatoes, Cod Liver Oil, Red Peppers, Paprika, Mangos, Whole Milk, Butternut Squash, Dried Basil, Kale, Peas, Dried Apricots, Spinach and Papaya.
I continue apply this to everything. To get more informed about what vitamins and properties are in each food I use the following source http://bembu.com/vitamin-rich-foods.
Hope it helps someone else. I know that there are many ways to encourage healthy eating, but this has worked for me.