As parents, we want the best for our children, but trying to convince them that should eat vegetables because they are good for you, will only fall on deaf ears. They don’t care if the food that they eat is healthy, they just want it to taste good!
The earlier we start introducing our kids to different varieties of veggies the more receptive they will be to eating them later on in life.
Here a few ways to encourage your kids to eat more of the good foods that their bodies need, to develop and function the best that they possibly can.
Get them involved
Kids love to be given important jobs to do, so helping them to start a veggie garden and giving them the responsibility of watering it, is a great way
Make them appealing
A big pile of boring veggies isn’t appealing to most adults, let alone kids. Cutting them into bite sized pieces or sticks, makes them easier for little mouths to eat. Cookie cutters are a great way to cut veggies into fun shapes that kids can’t resist.
Add other flavours
Something as simple as adding some extra flavours to vegetables can make a huge difference to the way kids feel about them. Bacon or garlic are a fantastic way to add more flavour. Why not give them a yummy sauce to dip them in? Ranch dressing is quite popular with kids because of its creamy texture. Or for a healthier option try hummus!
As frustrating as it can be getting our children to eat their vegetables, try not to force the issue or bribe them with dessert, in an attempt to get them to eat them. This will build on the negative opinions they already have about veggies and will make the whole process harder.
Keep it fun and light and you will be amazed at how adventurous their little taste buds will become!