I have a child who just turned into a toddler. My toddler does not want to be fed food anymore. He would rather feed himself finger food. He loves berries, macaroni, pasta, and bread but he is not a big fan of vegetables. For example, I have tried feeding him carrots in just about every way I can think of. I have tried baby carrots; boiled, baked, pureed, and raw, but after a couple bits the rest tend to end on the floor. One of my friends advised me to get him shredded carrots from the store. I tried them without much hope, but was surprised to find that this little change in shape got my toddler to eat them. I started to wonder if other foods could be changed into the same shape with the same results. So, I bought Brieftons 5 Blade Spiralizer to make to shred vegetable.
The Brieftons Spiralizer has five different blades that can be used to quickly shred vegetables into five different shapes/sizes (noodle shreds, curly shreds, curvy shreds etc).
You can use this Spiralizer to shred fruit and vegetables from apples to zucchini. Some of the ones we have had success with include apples, carrots, zucchini (boil zucchini after), cucumbers, potatoes (boil or bake after), and sweet potato (boil or bake after). If you are slow and careful the results could be fit for garnish at a fancy restaurant. But, even if you are a hurried parent (like we are) the results make dinner more fun for your toddler.
Here are some typical results. We did not take it slow or strive to turn the crank evenly. These are just quick-shreds to help sneak some healthy vegetables into a picky eater.
You can shred fruit and vegetable and store them for later.
Here is my toddler’s favorite pasta with zucchini noodles ( I boiled his favorite pasta together with zucchini noodle shreds). But you can also substitute zucchini noodles with carrots, squash or other vegetables shreds.