Hiding veggies, Squeezy pouches and smoothies work great- try to get some that incorporate a little fruit since the bitter veggie taste compared to the sweetness of sugars isn’t enticing to kids. Keep eating like normal though and having them try different veggies. I show them how much I enjoy them and eat them because it’s healthy and they will see your positive role modeling- even if they don’t eat the amount you want yet. I tell my kiddos you have to at least try everything because you never know! As they grow their taste buds will continue to change. I notice when I pack fruits and flavors they like in a finely chopped salad they like it! I don’t emphasize that we eating a salad. It’s just dinner.
It may take time for them to develop a taste for veggies but always serve them at least a small amount even if they choose to not eat them. Eventually they will. You can try to make them fun to eat (make little people using a toothpick and various veggies - triangular piece of cucumber or squash as the body, a cherry tomato as the head, etc). This trick makes experimenting with new tastes fun. Works with fruit, too. If you and your husband always eat veggies and the children are served veggies they will eventually eat veggies.
Hi! Chiming in with both professional and personal experiences, and hope it's helpful. 🙂
1) Honor kids' preferences! They're learning about food and it can sometimes be overwhelming. If they don't like green, that's okay and pretty normal (to have a preference). Too much pressure will turn them off even more, so try to stay neutral about what they like/don't like.
2) Try exposures in different ways! First #1, but if you sense they're interested just not sure, you can try exposing them to new foods 10+ times and they may eventually bite (pun intended, hah).
3) Try mixing in the foods, as mentioned above, if you want to. But know that this doesn't help with the food recognition or preference, since they don't know what's in there. You could try involving them in the cooking/prep process, as much as is safe of course, and sometimes that helps!
4) A few GREAT resources on this: @ FeedingLittles on IG, Virginia Sole-Smith's newsletter and podcast Burnt Toast, and a new book by dietitians Sumner Brooks and Amee Severson titled "How to Raise an Intuitive Eater"
Honestly, we don't need to stress about our kids liking vegetables. 🙂 They get those nutrients from a variety of foods, and the more we can honor their preferences while trying to help them try new things safely, the more likely they are to have a healthy relationship to food. ❤️