5 Tricks To Get Kids To Eat More Veggies
Hi my lovelies!
I am officially back from my mini hiatus and I am so excited to be back in the game! Life has really been stressing and difficult these past few weeks/months but that's a whole other story! For today, something light but not always easy. I am totally not the type of mom that never lets her kids eat junk food or fast food, I hope you guys know by now that I am all about balance and letting kids be simply kids, but it definitely makes me feel better when they get a serving of veggies at least once a day in order to make up for the McDonald's chicken nuggets they ate over the weekend. My little one has no issues eating anything you put on her plate, but we all know as they get older and their palates expand and they begin deciding what they like and don't like it gets a bit tougher. I don't want to bribe my kids with a treat everytime they eat vegetables because then, let's face it it kind of defeats the purpose. I want them to eat veggies because they know how important it is to feed their bodies with nutrients and healthy foods. Here I put together 5 tips on how I get Max, my 6 year old how to eat veggies and before you know it you will stumble upon a recipe that they will absolutely love
1. Eat more veggies yourself
I am a firm believer of "Practice what you preach." If you are constantly telling your kids they need to eat veggies but they've never seen a carrot or celery stick go near your mouth why would they? Believe it or not these little minis are watching every single thing we do and want to mimic us and be just like us. They pick up on all of our habits, good & bad, so it is definitely our job to teach and show them. Show them veggies are not so bad and you'd be surprise at how much they just may follow!
2. Think out of the Box!
Just because steamed broccoli isn't your child's favorite dish, doesn't mean they will never eat broccoli. You can try making broccoli cheddar soup, chicken and broccoli stir fry if they are into Chinese take out or even just top it with cheese sauce or ranch. Think outside of the box, get creative & start experimenting!
3. Find the Perfect Pair
That brings me to my next tip, your kids can still have carrots & celery with ranch dressing and it still be healthy. I always say, hey at least they are eating the veggies! You can use any dip such as guacamole, salsa, hummus or even nut butter and I can almost promise you one of them will be a hit!
4. Give your kiddies some power
I am all about giving choices in my household (my 1 year old picks out her shoes for the day, lol.) So head on over to your nearest farmer's market or supermarket and let your kids pick out their veggies for the week. More freedom = less fussing in my book. Once you get home, let them in on the prep, I know Max does way better when he is able to help and make choices as opposed to me forcing shoving something down his throat. All of our children are individuals and just because we may like cauliflower doesn't mean they have to, right?
5. When in Doubt, Hide it!
After you've gone down the list and it seems like you aren't making any progress, JUST HIDE IT! You can hide veggies in so many meals and dishes you'd be surprised - for example: cauliflower Mac n' cheese, finely chopped veggies in meatballs, cauliflower rice and you can even blend together pumpkin puree with marinara! My point is the options are infinite!
So here's the run down my fellow mamas- I know sometimes are kids can be trying and difficult and the last thing we want to do is become Pinterest moms for one serving of veggies BUT, they are our babies and they depend on us for so much. I am not the perfect Mom, and sometimes when I try new things it is a total fail - but when it's a win it is the most gratifying feeling ever and at the end of the day that is what keeps me going!
I hope some of these tips work for you and your little minis & you score a few wins with them!