Today I am sharing 5 fun ways to get kids to eat their veggies If your child is anything like mine, or anything like I was when I was younger you may need some tips for getting kids to eat their vegetables.
Sometimes you’d think the word VEGETABLE is the worst word in the world. So many kids seem to have a thing against vegetables.
It’s like there is a children’s handbook that says they are not supposed to like anything that is good for them and veggies are at the top of the list.
Kids also go through phases of being “picky eaters” where it can be even more difficult to get them to eat foods that are good for them. So, what can you do about it?
Today I have 5 fun ways to help our kids embrace vegetables. I hope you find this helpful.
Sneak Vegetables Into Meals
If you’re creative, there are many recipes that call for vegetables in a way that you can’t really see or taste them in the food. Your kids won’t even realise they are eating them.
For example when making spaghetti bolognese or burrito mince, I will add grated carrot and grated zucchini and my daughter wont be any the wiser.
She gets her nutrition and I don’t have a winging child.
If I put square carrots which are more visible into Sylvia’s meals she would not want to eat them.
Get kids involved in cooking
When kids help take part in the preparation and the choosing process, they are more likely to eat what you make. For a long time my daughter has refused to eat salad and lettuce.
One day I asked her to help me make a tasty salad. She helped me choose ingredients.
We added cheese which is something she loves and now she will eat a small side salad so long as she we have placed cheese with it.
Make healthy food fun.
Kids are never really too old for cutesy food. Make it look good on their plate and they’re much more likely to eat it. Sylvia and I love to make fun food.
Many people, children included, are much more likely to eat certain veggies raw versus cooking them. Carrots, spinach, and broccoli are good examples of this.
It can have a completely different flavour and consistency, plus you can make a cool dip for it.
I find adding sauces or tasty extras to vegetables makes a difference when it comes to getting my daughter to eat veg.
Create a game with vegetables
Build a game around the veggies. Maybe “Vegetable BINGO” or something similar.
When your kids eat different veggies, they can earn points toward a prize. Or you might want to see who can eat the most peas or pieces of sweetcorn using chopsticks.
There are plenty of games you could try to make vegetable eating more appealing to little ones.
What do you think of these ideas? Do you think you’ll try any of them with your family today? Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I’d love to hear from you.
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has studied nutrition for children and has also taught cooking skills to adults. Angela loves to share family meals and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!
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