Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lettuce Be Glad!

As I've mentioned many times before, Munch is a great eater. Her Grandma just commented this past Mother's Day on how Munch happily crunches down her fruits and especially the veggies. But the one item I have not been able to convince her of is lettuce. She'll give it a try (that's our house rule) when it appears, then says, "No more salad, thank you". And she is adamant that it does NOT belong on her cheeseburger (ketchup only, please). I think it's a textural thing- they way the lettuce slides, the flatness of it- it made for a difficult chew. So, I crossed my fingers when I served the Munchkin a heap of taco salad last night. She'd already seen AudioDad and I enjoy bowlfuls of it a couple of weeks ago- after her mandatory "salad" bite, she polished off the beef and bean taco filling with a few chips and lots of black olives. We assured her the best way to enjoy her salad was to mix it up with the filling and crumbled chips- to our surprise (and great pleasure), she announced, "Mmmm it's good!" and finished every bite- lettuce and all. Even more of a surprise? The "crunchies" that she swooned over (and stole out of the salad bowl) were not the crumbled chips (as we'd assumed)- they were the matchstick carrots! Gotta love that little bunny in the making!


Helene said...

My daughter calls lettuce "salad" too. I've finally convinced to have some on her cheeseburgers but haven't been successful in getting her to eat it with other things. They say supposedly you should offer a new food to your child at least 15 times before they may accept it...ugh....I'm getting impatient!!

Deb said...

Sounds like you've done a great job with your little bunny :) I think exposure is a big factor in what your kids will eat.

My son will not eat eggs or pasta--and he decided this when he was 2. Now he's 12, and he'll try it, but there is clearly no sale yet.