Have you gone to absurd lengths to get your kids to eat vegetables by sneaking them into meals, engaging in bribery or even telling little white lies? Yep, we’ve been there too!
That's why we’ve rounded up some of the best ways how to get your kids to eat vegetables and reap the benefits of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemical contained in vegetables.
How to get your kids to eat vegetables: Incorporate Vegetables into Their Favourite Meals
Vegetables are so versatile and can be added to almost every meal in your cooking repertoire. Add zucchini noodles to your pasta, replace your pizza crust with a cauliflower base or add shredded carrots to your homemade sauces. The possibilities are endless.
Colour Their Plate and Palate
If you’ve ever drooled over an instagram post you know that most adults eat with their eyes, and the same is true for children. Visually appealing meals are the key to getting children to eat what’s good for them. Bright, colourful foods are naturally more appealing to children so to encourage them to eat the rainbow, why not try purchasing different colour varieties of vegetables you’re already buying; yellow tomatoes, purple carrots, purple cabbage etc.
Raise an Intrepid Eater
There’s more to encouraging an adventurous eater than just smuggling vegetables into meal times. Raising a child who can enjoy butternut squash just as much as a bar of chocolate is no easy feat. But It can be as fun and rewarding if you’re willing to invest the time. Include your child in the meal prep process: let them help you with making the shopping list and selecting the produce at the grocery store or farmers market. Cook together and ask for feedback. Not only will involving your child in meal prep keep them interested in trying new foods, you’ll be giving them valuable life skills to take them through childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Serve Vegetables First
In a bid to reduce the competition on the plate, why not serve vegetables first as a course by themselves? If there’s nothing else on the plate, your child won’t be tempted to fill themselves up on meat and carbohydrates, leaving the vegetables until last.
Most kids need to be introduced to a new food 8-10 times before they get to like it (or for it to be ‘Okay’) so don’t be put off if your child doesn’t love broccoli or spinach immediately, keep trying!
Got any of your own tips on how to get your kids to eat vegetables? Leave a comment below!