Kids can be quite fussy and picky when it comes to eating- especially eating vegetables. If you are wondering how to get kids to eat vegetables on a daily basis, there are a few simple yet smart tricks that you should follow.
How To Get Kids To Eat Vegetables?
We all know that eating vegetables has a host of scientifically proven health benefits. That doesn’t make them any easier to eat though, especially for the children. Do you see your child leaving all the vegetables on their plate or blatantly refusing to eat veggies? Don’t worry, you are on the same boat as most of us.
1. Disguise Is Your Best Friend
For parents of choosy eaters, there is no choice but to put on a disguise…We mean for the veggies. Whip them up in a mean pasta sauce, blend it all into a smoothie, or even hide them under the cheese on a pizza. While it may be true that some of these ways may deprive the veggies of their nutrients, we suggest using such methods until your children can get used to eating their veggies.
Here is a recipe that will leave your kids asking for more:
Make an Oreo milkshake…*ahem* an Avacado-Carrot milkshake. Oreos and chocolate is every child’s fantasy. For this recipe you will need:
- 1 cup milk
- 4 to 5 Oreos
- Some milk chocolate
- Half an avocado and 1 carrot
Directions: Blend all the above ingredients in a mixer or juicer. Avocado and carrots are superfoods packed with nutrients. While the avocado adds creaminess to the milkshake, the carrot gives a light sweetness, making it the perfect healthy, yet delicious smoothie for children.
2. Ask Your Child To Pick The Vegetables
Here is how to get your child to eat more vegetables: make them pick them. When you are going shopping, take your child along and make him/her select a few vegetables for the week. This will not only make your child feel important, he/she will also feel like the decision is being made by them, and you are not enforcing it in any manner.
In fact, you should leave the decision of buying vegetables completely with the child after you enter the supermarket or grocery store. If your child is very young, give them a little guidance, if not leave it completely up to them.
3. Use Interesting Recipes
Even adults get bored with the same recipes. It is very important to come up with new ideas and recipes. You can look online for a wide range of preparations involving vegetables. Also, keep in mind the presentation. If you want children to eat it, present it in the most attractive possible manner.
4. Include Kids In The Cooking Routine
Ask the children to get involved in during the meal preparation process. They can do very small things like washing the vegetables, peeling the skin, etc. While they are doing the age-appropriate chores, make it as fun as possible. Make them feel involved and responsible for the dish.
When you serve the dish in front of family and friends, announce that it was made by you and the child. This will make the child feel very special, and he/she will feel the desire to taste the dish at least once.
5. Be Patient
It takes a lot of time for children to develop their taste. This is why it is very important to give them some time. Some children will start eating healthy from a very young age, but other children may take some time to adapt to these types of eating habits. Whatever be the reason, remember that no child is the same. Therefore, it is always wise to be patient.
6. Keep It Colorful And Interesting
Children are naturally more drawn to brightness and color. If you choose a lot of bright and colorful vegetables, they will eventually be drawn to them. Make sure you are not going for the dull and less colorful varieties of vegetables. Instead go for bright peppers, carrots, peas, purple cabbage, turnips, radishes, etc.
7. Do Not Try To Fool Them
Disguising vegetables only work to a certain extent; they do not work for a long-term solution. Essentially, try to get your child to develop a liking for a particular type of vegetable. This should be done in a brilliant manner.
8. Don’t Encourage Them To Be Fussy
If your child tells you that he/she does not like what is cooked, be strict. Tell them that this is the meal for the day, and they will have to eat it. Try not to raise a fussy eater in the first place. It will be hard to change such a habit once they grow up.
The Bottom Line
At the end of it, no matter how hard you try, eating habits will change throughout the course of your child’s life. The best thing you can do is to try and adopt some of the above strategies. You should also keep in mind that every child is different, and one must also learn to respect the child’s preferences when it comes to food, at least to a certain extent. On the other hand, remember that your children will get used to eating what you give them. Enforce proper eating habits from the beginning, and they will remain that way for the rest of their life.