Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a challenge for many parents, but it’s important for their overall health and nutrition. A lot of parents have issues with this and I am so glad I have kids that love vegetables but at the end of the day, this was not by accident.
See my husband hated vegetables with a passion so I put a lot of effort in with my kids to make them love vegetables from the start. Here are some of my best tips for raising vegetable-loving kids.
Make Vegetables Fun
Making vegetables fun is a great way to get kids to eat them. You can create fun shapes and designs with vegetables, such as cutting carrots into fun shapes or arranging vegetables into a fun design on their plate. You can also make vegetables into fun snacks, such as veggie kabobs or veggie dips.
Offer a Variety of Vegetables
Offering a variety of vegetables can help keep kids interested and excited about trying new things. Try to offer a variety of colors, textures, and flavors. You can also try cooking vegetables in different ways, such as roasting, sautéing, or steaming.
Lead by Example
Leading by example is a powerful way to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. If kids see you eating and enjoying vegetables, they will be more likely to try them themselves. Make sure to include a variety of vegetables in your own meals and be enthusiastic about trying new things.
Make Vegetables a Regular Part of Meals
Making vegetables a regular part of meals can help create a routine and establish a healthy eating pattern for kids. Offer a variety of vegetables at each meal and encourage kids to try new things. You can also make a game out of trying new vegetables, such as a “try it, you’ll like it” challenge.
Offer Dips and Sauces
Offering dips and sauces can make vegetables more appealing and encourage kids to try them. You can try different dips, such as ranch, hummus, or salsa, and see which ones your kids like best. You can also make your own dips, such as a yogurt-based dip, to ensure they are healthy and free of artificial ingredients.
Get Kids Involved in the Cooking Process
Getting kids involved in the cooking process can be a great way to get them to eat their vegetables. Have them help prepare the vegetables, such as washing and cutting them. This can help kids feel more invested in the meal and be more likely to try the vegetables.
You can even get a kids cutting board and a knife set designed for teaching kids how to cut vegetables to make it even easier to get the kids involved.
Grow a Vegetable Garden
Picky eaters are a lot more likely to be willing to try a new vegetable if they got to grow it themselves from start to finish. In fact, this is one of my favorite tricks for getting kids to try new things.
When they harvest it from the garden themselves they are often bouncing with excitement to give it a try. Kids also learn a whole lot while working in the garden. Gardening can be an amazing educational opportunity.
Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a challenge, but it’s important for their overall health and nutrition. By making vegetables fun, getting kids involved in the cooking process, offering a variety of vegetables, leading by example, making vegetables a regular part of meals, and offering dips and sauces, you can encourage kids to eat their vegetables and establish a healthy eating pattern. These simple tips can help create a healthy and happy relationship with vegetables for kids.