Just after Halloween we sat down to another family dinner, and yet again Joseph took one look at the peas he was offered and said he wouldn't try them because "they're nasty."
Now, Joseph's always been a great eater, but veggies have never been his strong point. He loves his sweet potatoes and squash, but everything else has to be slightly disguised (think spinach ravioli, vegetable lasagna, stuffed pepper, eggplant parmesan....mmmm, eggplant parm).
So that very night I told him that he never had to eat another vegetable, but he would also never get another piece of his Halloween candy until he did. And I went so far as to say he could eat a bite of an Almond Joy for every forkful of peas that made it down his throat.
And it worked.
Peas...coconut & chocolate...peas....coconut & chocolate...peas...you get the idea.
Since then he's been eating bowlfuls of peas, carrots, and O.M.G....even green beans. This child has not touched a green bean in about 2 years. I'm buying broccoli tomorrow.
The beauty is that now he actually just eats the veggies and doesn't expect a treat every time. But c'mon, the green beans earned him a lollipop for sure.