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Do You Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? Try a 3 Course French Lunch

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Getting your kids to eat vegetables without complaining and actually enjoying them!  A parent’s dream perhaps?  Or a reality?   I will let you on a little secret…I know some ways to have your kids wolfing down the veggies, sipping and savoring every morsel, asking for more…! Do you want to know how?  Let’s just say it is called my “3 course French lunch way”…Read on 🙂

1.  Start early…when pregnant eat your veggies, a fetus can actually taste in utero and have taste buds that recall all those good veggies when it’s time  as babies to eat solid food (around 6 month of age).

2.  Keep “pushing”..when your baby, then toddler,  then preschooler makes faces at your nice veggie selection, don’t push the issue, but keep trying..keep introducing that vegetable..and most likely they will eventually accept that food in the end.  Sometimes it can take up to 20 times before a child accepts that new food.

3.  Make sure your kids are hungry when they sit down to eat..even very hungry, like ravenous…and ok, here is the big secret…serve the veggies first, just like the first course of a fine meal, the first course of a 3 course French meal.  If you kids are really hungry, I promise you, they will try those veggies, they will taste that first course, and more times than not..they will love them!

4.  Which brings me to the next part..make those veggies appetizing..I dont mean that you have to go crazy..but steamed, plain broccoli served without anything (no dipping sauce, no sautéed garlic, no olive oil), is going to be quite the boring food. Make the food look appetizing, colorful, fresh.  Serve veggies with ranch dressing, dress it up with a vinaigrette, saute steamed veggies with olive oil and garlic and then..see number 5!

5.  Just put the food down and turn your head…Don’t make comments like “do you like your veggies?” , “gotta eat those veggies!”  and if the kids ask questions like “What is this????” or “Do we have to eat this?” or even “What is this called?”  …just give them a wink and say, “well, why don’t you taste it and let me know what you think it is called?”

6. Finally, if you child really doesn’t like veggies, don’t be discouraged, don’t push the issue..just make sure they get their “5 a day” with fruit rather than a mix of fruit and vegetable…and all will be OK!

Readers, please give me some feedback on your ways that you have been able to get your kids to enjoy veggies…Would love to hear from you…!

 

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8 Responses to Do You Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? Try a 3 Course French Lunch

  1. how to cook asparagus December 24, 2010 at 07:52 #

    i prefer asparagus than carrot 😀

  2. south-carolina private schools September 21, 2010 at 22:33 #

    I’m not overly fond of cooked carrots, so when my kids were little, I’d boil sliced carrots, add butter and call them “money” (“gold coins”, “euros”…”pieces of 8”!). Another bit of name-gaming was calling the wheat germ we put on yogurt (-unsweetened, or mashed banana or whatever) “cookie”, as in “Do you want some cookie on your yogurt?”

  3. Anna Kay April 22, 2010 at 19:39 #

    I’m not overly fond of cooked carrots, so when my kids were little, I’d boil sliced carrots, add butter and call them “money” (“gold coins”, “euros”…”pieces of 8”!). Another bit of name-gaming was calling the wheat germ we put on yogurt (-unsweetened, or mashed banana or whatever) “cookie”, as in “Do you want some cookie on your yogurt?”

    • mbrighton April 22, 2010 at 20:32 #

      Anna Kay, great ideas..I actually have a recipe called “pennies in heaven” which are cooked carrots, then sauteed in garlic served with a bit of honey right before serving. They do look like pennies in heaven..and my kids eat them up! Love the wheat germ tip too! I also cook asparagus and serve it in a nice pasta primavera..cutting the asparagus the same size as the spinach penne…the kids “can’t even tell” whether they are biting the asparagus or the penne. Honestly though, when my 4 are hungry, they will eat anything I put in front of them. Maybe one day I will video that 🙂 ! Last summer they were so hungry, they wolfed down raw radishes as the first course, even my 3 year old.. I felt a bit guilty..for them all to engulf radishes..well=they must have been truely starving! thanks for sharing, any more ideas post them!!!

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