The Best Ways to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

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High fiber vegetables assortmentTrying to get kids to eat vegetables can often seem like mission impossible, especially when it comes to the green varieties.

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 for them to not only learn about nature, but also to gain an interest in vegetables. If they have watched them grow, they are more likely to want to eat them! Or at least try them.

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! 

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  1. Twitter:
    Kids are not inclined towards eating vegetables…They love fast food a lot nowadays
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  2. Ive made a rule with my 2 kids that we have fast food every Friday, and healthy food the other days of the week. It seems to Work fine.


  3. Twitter:
    Beleive me this is one of the hardest things and this can’t be done so easily but One must keep trying.
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  4. Twitter:
    The youngest of my two boys eat veggies without any problems but his older brother wouldn’t. Same goes with fruits. Bigger brother usually only eats bananas topped with chocolate syrup. Otherwise, it’s a “no, thank you” from him. Frustrating, indeed.
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  5. Twitter:
    Very clever, might not work with every kid, some are born so smart. Kind regards!
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  6. Twitter:
    Hi, I don’t think that eating vegetables can be that deficult for kids, not in Africa where I am, kids like vegitables here very well. anyways, nice tips, thanks for sharing.
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  7. Being a good example to your kids also is a big factor. If you don’t let them see you are eating veggies, then it will be most likely that they won’t want it either.
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  8. Yep, it’s also about comparison and consistency of foods offered. If healthy food is an alternative to junk food, it’s not going to be the regular food choice. Eating healthy is a lifestyle, not a trick to play on your kids :)


  9. Twitter:
    Hey Karen,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. Yes, these days it become impossible for parents to convince kids for eating vegetables as My parents also try to convince me. These tips really help us to eating vegetables and I will surely share this post with my parents and my friend’s parents too.
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  10. Twitter:
    Kids are really not so much fond of Vegetables. They like delicious things, we must keep them involved in family eating, else their habits could become worst.
    Make them eat veggies from start, else they’d not eat ever!
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  11. Twitter:
    Well, this is considered are really not so good thing!
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  12. With my kids, I introduced a wide range of veggies from a very early age.
    Get their palate used to the differing tastes and textures when they are this age… And they will continue to love their vegetables!


  13. Twitter:
    Hi Karen,
    When I was growing up, my little brother LOVED lima beans. I hated lima beans. My mother was so delighted that something green would get eaten, she served them all the time. I liked peas. I liked carrots. Maybe if she had taken your suggestion to cook the lima beans in bacon…Yummy! Bacon makes everything taste better.
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  14. In the younger years I found the liquidiser a good way of hiding vegetables in sauces\soups, etc.
    Later education along with a little bribery at times! managed to move the vegetables onto the no compalints list!


  15. Twitter:
    My mom also used to struggle real hard to get me eat those veggies when I was a kid. She finally made it when she cooked some greens with noodle, which was my favorite food at that time. The noodle successfully tricked me to eating them.
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  16. I’m totally agree with you in ” make them appealing ” point, This is how it should works, because they can feel it when we are forcing them to eat vegetables, I don’t think the old classical way will work these days, thanks for sharing such a great, useful post .


  17. Twitter:
    hey
    karengodfrey
    i click on this article because title of this post remind me my childhood days when i also don’t want to eat vegetables. great tips mumas …..
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  18. karengodfrey you did not tell how to get to eat vegetables to elders like me. Make it your next guest post hahahaha i will be wildly waiting for this. Seriously i really don’t like vegetables so what suggestion for me ?

  19. Making kids eat vegetables are a very difficult job however, the method explained in the post seems to be useful and effective. I will definitely try it.


  20. Twitter:
    My wife and I keep repeating the mantra about the goodness of eating veggies to our kids for years, and now they eat them without much difficulties. They do have their personal favourites, but when their favourites are not around, they’ll eat whatever we put on their plate. It has become a habit, fortunately.
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  21. I find that sometimes you just have to put your foot down. They are after all our kids.


  22. Twitter:
    Good post karen :) , I will try to implement it because I have a brother who does not like to eat vegetables, eat vegetables because for him it was very uncomfortable.
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  23. Twitter:
    Good advice! I think it also depends on the age though. Options works well for young children, because they have a sense of how to get more control.
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  24. Twitter:
    Hey Karen,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing these tips with us. These days kids are more attracted to fast food and ignores vegetables completely. Adding other flavors really help to gets kid eating vegetables.
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  25. Twitter:
    Nize post!! I have 5year old son,he hate vegetables to eat and its the great task for me to feed him. I gonna try above tips for my son to get healthy life.
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