Sneak more veges into your kids

Author: Stacey   Date Posted: 31 January 2017 

All parents know how hard it can be sometimes getting your kids to eat something healthy, especially vegetables! Even just a bite, a lick, a smell, cmon kids!!! I'm a mum to 2 boys who refuse to eat anything that slightly reassembles a vegetable! I have begged, tricked, used reserve psychology, bribed, sacrificed myelf to the Gods but it is still a struggle every day.

So how do I make sure my kids are still what they need every day? It is not easy! So I've included a few tips and tricks along with some recipes that may help you....I'm no expert, just a desperate mum sharing some of my experiences and advice.

TIP 1

No matter what, always still serve your kids fresh, whole vegetables even if they refuse to eat it. Kids still need to see/feel/taste real vegetables. If it is always "hidden" then they will never know what a real vegetable is. Kids need to be presented with a food around 15 or 20 times (or more) before they will learn it is ok to eat it!!

TIP 2

If possible, always sit down with your kids and eat a meal together with no distractions (e.g. tv). Kids learn about good eating habits by seeing us eat. I always try and make sure we sit together as a family at the dinner table.

TIP 3

Try and make vegetables fun!  Serve vegetables on a novelty plate or arrange them in a funny shape or face. Invest in a vegetable sprial maker - you will be surprised at how kids react when plain old carrots or zucchinis turn into a long, slender spaghetti-like fun!

TIP 4

Get kids involved in the process. This can start right at the beginning from planting their own vegetables, harvesting them or shopping with you and  helping you cook in the kitchen. I invested in some kids safe cutting knifes and peelers. That way my little ones can help me prepare the veges for dinner. http://kiddiesfoodkutter.com.au/

TIP 5

Don't pressure your child into eating them otherwise your child will have negative feelings about food and eating. Try to always stay positive and know that there is always tomorrow.

 

Hidden Vegetable Recipes

Now, I'm not saying these recipes are to replace fresh, whole vegetables but these foods are great as a "sometimes" food. I sometimes bake up big batches to freeze and use as lunch box snacks. And the best part? They taste delicious and are made with vegetables!! 

 

Sources (Kidspot; Kiddies Food Kutter; Crazy for Crust; Paleo Spirit; Tasty; TRTLMT; Storypark)

 


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