Very few kids love to eat their vegetables. Even the tastiest vegetable isn’t palatable to most children, who prefer sweeter flavors (honestly, who doesn’t?). So in many homes, getting kids to eat their vegetables is a chore. But it doesn’t have to be! While a few simple tricks, you can make vegetables fun and exciting so your kids will want to eat them. Use these tips.
1. Arrange it in fun ways
Kids find simple things the most funny. You don’t have to do much to impress them. They also almost universally prefer their food separated into groups (whereas you and I don’t mind if things get mashed together). You can make the vegetable experience fun by arranging them into please shapes. For example, two slices of zucchini and circular pile of peas make Mikey Mouse ears.
2. All Veggie Nachos
Who doesn’t love nachos? Everyone, but these aren’t your typical nachos. They’re fun, colorful, easy to make quickly and 100% healthy. See the recipe.
3. Make your kids a part of the process
You can add an element of fun by involving your kids in the cooking process, from planning meals to shopping and preparing food. This gives them ownership and makes them feel like they are contributing to the family. Plus they’ll enjoy all the sensations and motions of handling food.
4. Make smoothies
The beauty of a smoothie is that you can pack a lot of nutritional stuff inside, but the flavors are hidden with just small amounts of yogurt, fruit and orange juice. Realistically you can include anything, even vegetables they would never eat at the table, like kale and spinach.
5. Turn eating into a game
This piece of advice solves a lot of parenting challenges!
If you can turn something unpleasant into a fun game, kids focus on the game aspect and don’t worry about the uncomfortable sensation. Compete to see who can eat the most of their broccoli, or who can take the most bites of their carrots. Work vegetables into other family games, like trivia: when you answer a question wrong, you have to take a bite.
6. Add their favorite flavors
Bitter vegies don’t have to stay that way! Dress up vegetables with their favorite flavors. For example, squeeze orange juice over broccoli, add mint to peas, and add salad dressing to… just about anything. They’ll enjoy the flavor while they eat their vegetables.
How do you get your kids to eat their vegetables?
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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