What is it about kids and veggies! I never have trouble getting my kids to eat a banana but you’d think they were part of the food challenge from Survivor when I ask them to eat their veggies. It’s not a 1,000 year old egg…just a piece of squash!
Don’t get me wrong, I feel somewhat lucky that they each like one vegetable…the oldest loves a bowl of raw spinach (“her salad”) and my little one eats tomatoes (though not officially a vegetable but good enough for me). Oh yeah, Grandma also makes some kind of magical carrots that they devour at her house but seem to lose all their magic when mommy
makes tries to make them.
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Let them help
I do this in the same manner that I let my girls help with picking out clothes. I select two or three that I want, then let them “choose”. Have several different types of veggies on hand and let them decide which one to serve for dinner. Then let them help with the cooking, even if it’s just putting the food in the pot or adding a little salt and pepper! Veggies taste much better when they’ve done the “cooking” themselves!
Keep veggies within reach
Keep veggies such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes (halved for the younger ones), cucumber sticks and more on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. When your kids get hungry, they can reach in and select a snack on their own. I’m not promising that you won’t hear the occasional “I want goldfish” but they’re more likely to grab a veggie if they can get it themselves.
Be a role model
My daughters are both more likely to try something if they see mommy or daddy eating it first. That doesn’t mean they’ll actually like it but I’m always glad when they at least ask to try something. Occasionally they’ll even want a second or third bite!
Make it fun
There are cool gadgets out there that will transform your carrots into crinkle fries, cut cucumbers into stars and much more. When the food is more visually appealing, your child is far more likely to want to try it. Everybody knows that a “French fry” carrot tastes way better than an ordinary one, right?
Replace the carbs
Slice zucchini with a mandoline to create lasagna noodles or use a spiralizer to make spaghetti from squash. With enough pasta sauce, your kids will never even know the difference.
Hide those veggies if you have to. Puree or finely chop them and add to sauces, lasagna, burgers, meatloaf…the possibilities are endless. You may even want to try making this Baked Ziti With Zucchini, Spinach and Mushrooms…my kids devoured it:
Implement the one bite rule
We follow this rule in our house. If I’m serving something that gets the “wrinkly nose” (we all know THAT look), my kids have to at least try it. If they choose not to eat if after that, fine. However, they have to try it again each time it’s served, just in case our finicky eaters decide they suddenly like it!
Use cheese or butter
We all know that cheese and butter makes anything taste better! If this gets your kids to eat their veggies, go with it. You can choose to gradually reduce the amount you add each time to make for a healthier choice.
Dress up their veggies
Let your kids have some ranch or another dipping sauce for a little extra flavor. God forbid they want ketchup on their asparagus but if that’s what works, go with it!
If all else fails, use dessert as a bargaining tactic. I know that some of the so-called experts disapprove of this but you know what? It works (and I do it all the time)! My kids will pretty much do anything for a couple spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream!
Speaking of vegetables, Bird-Eye must know a little something about this because they’ve decided to help us out! They’ve come out with a new line of Flavor Full products sure to please most picky kids (I say most because you know there’s always that one)! Your kids can choose from Buffalo Cauliflower, Ranch Broccoli, Teriyaki Broccoli, BBQ Corn, Sour Cream & Onion Potatoes and more.
If you’re a family that’s always-on-the-go like us, these are great because you can just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and pair them with whatever else you’ve planned for dinner. Today I decided to blow off the grocery shopping and just ran in, grabbing a rotisserie chicken, some Birds Eye Full Flavor Ranch Broccoli and the Flavor Full Sour Cream & Onion Potatoes. If we hadn’t had to stop by the bakery for the mandatory free cookie (my little one does NOT let me get out of that), we would have been in and out in no time flat!
I just didn’t have time to cook (okay, the actual truth is that I just didn’t feel like cooking) and this was the easiest meal ever! I didn’t even have to pull out any of the veggie eating tricks because Birds Eye had already added the extra flavor for me! I just popped the bags in the microwave for a few minutes and viola, dinner is served! So easy!!!
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Do your kids give you a hard time when it comes to eating their veggies? What are some of your favorite go-to tricks?