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…!