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Easy Steps To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

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RAISING HEALTHY KIDS

Getting your kids to eat healthy is a challenge. Sure we should lead by example. Let them see us enjoying that yummy broccoli and they are sure to follow suit, right? That may work for some but most times it won’t. Kids like flavors that are sweet. I used to say, put sprinkles on anything and they will eat it. But realistically that is just icky.
 
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WHAT NOT TO DO

I once told my daughter she was not getting up from the table until she finished her veggies. The end result was, she sat at the table for 5 hours until she fell asleep. SHE WON AGAIN. We make the mistake of thinking we are in charge. 
 
I’m sure I will get flack on this but you have to trick them! I had my kids convinced for years that fish was chicken. Does that make me a bad parent? Maybe, but they ate the fish.
 

THE ONE-BITE RULE

Studies show we need to bite into food at least eight times before deciding if we like it. Have you ever thought you didn’t like something, only to realize later you did? Tell them they don’t have to eat the whole thing but they have to take a bite. They might be surprised to find they do like it.
 
 
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MAKE IT SWEET

Kids tend to like sweet foods more than green. Raw Honey and Agave are healthy sweeteners. Granted you can’t put it on green beans and broccoli. It does, however ,go really well with vegetables such as yams and carrots. If there are any vegetables they will eat, give it to them.
 
 

MAKE IT FUN

Make it into a game or story!Remember how we tricked babies into eating by pretending the spoon was an airplane. The concept is the same with vegetables. They have to eat the green trees before the dragon finds them. Well, you get the idea. There is almost nothing that can’t be made into a game.
 
 
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PUT CHEESE ON IT

I can’t think of anything that doesn’t taste better with cheese on it. Broccoli tastes great with Cheddar or Parmesan on it. 
 

SNEAK IT IN A SMOOTHIE

Everybody loves Smoothies! It is great for masking vegetables, especially Green Veggies. Here are a few recipes to try:
 

SPINACH BANANA

One banana
A handful of Baby Spinach
One cup of Almond Milk
Agave or Honey
 
 

AVOCADO MANGO

Half an Avocado
Half Cup of Mango
Agave or Honey
 
How do you get your kids to eat vegetables?
 
 

12 Comments

  1. My kids at everything until they hit about 3, then it was a constant battle. We tried everything from punishment to bribes to ignoring it. And that was just to enforce the ‘1 Bite Rule’ … we were never ‘clean your plate’ kind of people. I found that I could hide a lot of veggies in things if I added cocoa powder to it. I have a veggie filled super chocolatey pancake recipe that they love, for one.
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  2. These are great. I have some great sneaky veggie recipes I use. Much like a quesadilla with shredded roasted carrots and peppers, blended with shredded cheese and spinach.

    My kiddos start cooking with me by stirring at 2. I involve them in the veggie cooking process. Their hand in the preparation tends to lead to at least enough curiosity to try their creation without prompting or coercing. It’s not always a hit, but hey at least they were self-motivated enough to try! 😉

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