Some parents may have it a little easier than others, but most will face the challenge of getting their little ones to eat their vegetables. Raising healthy eaters shouldn’t be stressful, so we gathered some of our favorite tips and tricks to get your kids to eat their veggies.
Make Them Smile
Have you ever heard the expression “you eat with your eyes first”? Well, kids are no exception to that. If something looks good, it probably tastes good. Make a silly face out of peas, carrot sticks, or bell peppers. Use cookie cutters to cut the vegetables into stars or hearts and arrange them into shapes on their plates. Use your imagination and put a smile on your child’s face.
Use Them as Alternatives
Hiding veggies is easier than ever with the help of Pinterest. There are countless ways to tuck your greens away into tasty foods. We suggest using alternatives to food favorites. If your kids like spaghetti, try using spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta. If mashed potatoes are a hit, use twice baked cauliflower instead. If your little one’s love smoothies and fruit juice, blend some spinach and the fruit will overshadow the taste of the greens. We also love baking kale chips as a healthier substitute to chips. These are just a few of the many ways you can integrate veggies into the main course of a meal.
Add Them to a Favorite
Vegetables not only add color and nutrients, but they can be absolutely delicious (even to a picky eater) when they are prepared the right way. Try adding them to tried and true household favorites such as pizza. Adding cherry tomatoes, spinach, or mushrooms to a pizza is a quick and easy way to make them appealing. You can also make an egg muffin for breakfast and add greens into the mix. You know your little one’s best, so bake, sauté, or cook up veggies with their favorite dishes.
Let the Kids Take Charge
Give your kids the reins and let them choose their own veggies. Whether they pick them out in the grocery store or out of the fridge, giving them an option will help them to get enthusiastic about their meal. You can also get them involved in cooking them up for dinner! The more they feel in control, the more likely they are to enjoy their vegetables.
No matter how you integrate them into your meals, vegetables are vital to your child’s nutrition. Training them when they are younger to enjoy healthier options is important to their growth and development. If you have any tips on getting your children to love their veggies, please share them! Leave us a comment, tag us on Instagram, or send us a message. We would love to hear from you!