Wednesday, November 19

Little Dipper

I was very careful about introducing V8 to Mia. I knew if she drank it thinking of juice, she would be sorely disappointed. But implementing it into her diet seemed like a great idea- a full serving of vegetables in every 8 ounces? And I don't have to peel, boil, steam, cut, butter, or salt anything? Tchaah! Bring on the V8!

So one day we had grilled cheese sandwiches and "dip." Mia's first V8 was on a fatty fat fried piece of bread and cheese. When her sandwich was gone we told her she could drink the rest of her dip if she wanted. She wanted. But it was hard for her to drink it out of the bowl, so we transferred it to a cup. A few months later, after a few more grilled cheese sandwich dipping experiences, she asked out of the blue for dip in a cup. To drink.

This morning, she said she was thirsty, and I asked her if she wanted milk or juice. Guess what she wanted? Veggies in a glass. Don't anyone ever call it that within her hearing- the only easy thing at our house will be gone. Zach gags everytime he thinks of the stuff. I can down it, but not without squinting a little. Mia? I handed her the cup and she said "MmmMMmmm! Diiiiiiiiip," the same way Homer says "Doughnuuuuuts."


I realize I can't complain about the peeling, boiling, steaming, cutting, buttering, and salting. After I go to all that trouble, she actually eats those veggies, too. Pretty cool kid. So, Mia twenty years from now, here's to you. Thanks. I didn't thank you back in the day, because I'm pretty sure telling you that you were doing something preschoolers are supposed to avoid and throw tantrums over would have had a bad effect. And we wouldn't want that, now- would we.

11 comments:

Magirk said...

Cool. ;-)

My hat's off to you, you Super Mom!

Summer said...

mmm- I think this was mostly Mia... ;D

RhondaLue said...

you. are. genuis.

smartest way to get your kid to eat/drink good stuff is to pretend it ain't so. Who knew?

Erika said...

hahaha, awesome. I should probably try that...

Kelly D. said...

I was JUST reading about how studies show that if you introduce a delicious version of a food (like sweetened grapefruit juice or your grilled cheese with dip), kids end up liking the straight up version after a few tries. Your method is scientifically backed! As for me, I'm trying to get my kid to eat gummy vitamins. They're candy, for crying out loud. And she won't eat them. You really do owe Mia a BIG thank you :)

Marsie Pants said...

So how do you get your kid to drink dip if they don't like cheese? Do you think she'd like to dip her chicken nuggets in vegetables?

Melissa said...

V8 as dip is brilliant. I need a grilled cheese right now.

The Garber Family said...

Congratulations. I can truly appreciate what a momentous occasion this is for you. If I could get Hannah to down liquid veggies, I wouldn't stop smiling for a month.

Blog Stalker said...

I actually love V8 juice but everyone in my family thinks it is horrible. Great way to get her to drink it! Funny how just knowing what it is will make her stop liking it! But usually that is how it goes. One son of mine loved Broccoli because we talked about how good it was and he loved it....that is till big brother told him how gross it is, and now he wont touch it.....

Sahara said...

Uh tre tre impressed.

Breezi said...

dude... I am soo telling Mia what her dip actually is :o)