Getting Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables Now
It may sometimes feel like an uphill battle trying to get your children to regularly eat their vegetables. If you have a picky eater at home, this can be extremely frustrating. Below are 5 tips you need to try if you’re battling your kiddos at meal and snack times. Celebrity and model trainer Heather Marr presents five ways to get your children eating more vegetables now.
1. Set a good example
Children learn by example. If you want them to eat vegetables then it’s important to be a good role model. Take an honest look at what you’re filling your plate with at meal times. If you find it lacking in vegetables, start there. Be sure that you’re creating a positive example for them to follow because they are watching you and learning.
2. Disguise vegetables
Mixing vegetables into your child’s favorite foods is an easy way to increase their consumption. Many veggies are versatile and can be added subtly at meal times. Start by adding smaller portions and increase slowly overtime. For instance, if pasta is a family favorite mix zucchini noodles in with your whole-wheat noodles. Cauliflower can be mashed or riced and added to mashed potatoes or brown rice.
3. Make the presentation fun
We eat with our eyes first, and kids are more likely to try and eat food that look fun. Getting creative with presentation can go a long way. Vegetable cutters are an excellent option to create fun shapes, letters or characters out of vegetables like cucumber or carrots.
4. At snack time, provide crudités with tasty dips
Start by filling up a fun container or glass with vegetables such as carrots and pepper slices. Then prepare several different delicious dips for them to try. Salad dressings, hummus, guacamole or ranch dip made with Greek yogurt and seasonings are popular flavors.
5. Change cooking techniques
When vegetables are prepared different ways they can taste totally different. Baking, steaming, grilling and stir-frying are all different methods to try with vegetables. if your child hates raw broccoli, then simply present it another way. Steamed broccoli with a low fat cheese sauce may result in a much different reaction then did the broccoli presented raw. If at first you don’t succeed, try again.
By Heather Marr