While there are some children who seem to love vegetables, others simply can’t stomach the concept of having to eat their greens. Regardless of how much they may enjoy them, most picky eaters won’t even give veggies a chance.
If you are hoping to get your kids to eat their greens without argument or hostage negotiations taking place every time dinner rolls around, here are a few ideas that can help!
Keep It Positive
Food is one area in a young child’s life that they feel they can control. Forcing, negotiating, begging, or otherwise trying to coerce your child into trying the green beans is not going to end well for anyone –and is unlikely to make your child truly enjoy their veggies. Instead, try to remain positive about veggies, and as hard as it may seem, don’t make a big deal out of them. If your kids see you remaining cool about vegetables, it will likely help them to warm up to the idea of greens.
Sneak It In
Sometimes it’s okay to be sneaky! Adding greens to smoothies or sneaking them into freshly juiced fruit drinks is a great way to give your kids the extra veggies they need. This works especially well for carrots since they go great with many different smoothie and juice recipes. Muffins or bread are another good way to camouflage veggies –carrots, zucchini, and sweet potatoes are just a few that you can hide in these tasty treats.
Introduce Them Early
Incorporating veggies into your child’s diet from an early age is a great way to help them to appreciate them. Eating veggies is less likely to become an issue if your child grows up with them.
Make It Fun
A lot of kids claim to hate veggies of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Try cutting their veggies into fun shapes, or adding dipping sauces to help pique their interest. Not many kids can say no to a favorite dip, so try introducing one to help the greens go down easier.
Get Them Involved
One of the best ways to get kids to eat just about anything is by involving them in the prep work. Kids love to help out, and allowing them to assist with prepping the greens and making their dinner will help them be more interested in eating them.
Kids are complex, especially when it comes to eating. If you have an especially picky eater, try to find fun ways to introduce new foods –not just greens, into their diet. By encouraging them to try new things, they will slowly start to warm up to the idea of eating greens. As unlikely as it sounds, eventually, they may even look forward to eating them and you’ll finally be able to say goodbye to those long, drawn out, dinnertime debates over broccoli.
Do you have a picky eater? What tricks do you have for getting them to eat their greens?