Many adults have a hard time getting their veggies down them, so it’s hardly surprising that a
not small number of kids are extremely picky about eating the green stuff. This can be a real
problem for parents and grandparents, who want their kids to have a healthy diet that will
help them to grow big and strong and hopefully protect them from many illnesses.
If you are one such adult, and you’re tearing your hair out trying to get the kids to eat their
broccoli or try some spinach, take a look at these tips to make the kids actually WANT to eat
Lead by Example
If kids see the adults around them eating and enjoying their vegetables, they are far more
likely to try them for themselves. If on the other hand, they see mom turning her nose up at
kale or grandpa making a face at the mushrooms on his plate, they are much more likely to
develop picky habits of their own. So, try to eat and enjoy as many vegetables as you can
when the kids are around.
Have Fun with Food
If you can make the food on a child’s plate fun, he or she is much more likely to dig in. Transform the food on the plate into a funny face or cut veggies into cute shapes bento box style and they’ll be more than happy to eat them.
Let the Children Help
Children are much more invested in eating a meal if they have helped to prepare it. Bringing your kids into the kitchen, and letting them help with simple prep tips like cleaning veggies or mixing salad with dressing will give them a stake in the meal and they’ll want to enjoy it.
If your kid is really stubborn, and they don’t fall for any of the usual tips and tricks to get them interested in eating veggies, disguising them in a tasty fruit smoothies or blending them into a pasta sauce or stew is a fantastic way to get them eating more of the good stuff, especially if you find ways to sneak greens into their favorite meals.
Try the One Bite Rule
Research has shown that children who do not like a particular food will have to try it 8-10 times before they change their mind. One way to ensure that this actually happens is by putting a one bite rule in place. Tell the kids that if they try just one bite of cauliflower or courgette, they can have a small sweet treat, or a star on their treat chart, and they’ll probably give it a go. Then, it’s just a case of building up their exposure before they will integrate a new veggie into their lives.
Feed Them the Rainbow
Children love colour, which is good news when you’re trying to get them to eat their vegetables. Luckily for parents and grandparents everywhere, veggies come in a wide range of colours, which means that, by providing the kids with a rainbow of choices, you are more likely to get a hit. They might not want to try anything green, but you might have more luck with an orange carrot or a pink beetroot, giving you a foot in that you can build upon.
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