Get Kids To Eat Veggies
How to get kids to eat veggies is the age old question asked by so many health conscious parents since the beginning of time. Luckily, I have a few ideas.
Some have worked well for me and other times I have resorted to downright tricking the kids to eat veggies. Here are some things I do to get my kids to eat more veggies without a fuss.
Hide greens in smoothies
This is an oldie but goodie!
I like to blend less than a handful of greens like, kale and spinach within a tropical blend smoothie because let’s be honest, they have no taste at all.
Most kids can’t detect it. Just don’t make a big deal out of what you put in the smoothie and you can also use a low glycemic sweetener.
Use a small amount of powdered veggies
There are a few brands of vegan powders that I mix into smoothies and shakes. I love Markus Rothkrantz’ Green Powder! These powders are usually organic and packed with nutrition.
You may be asking if I’m worried about what’s in the green powder that I give to my children and to that I’d say, ‘Not as worried as I am about giving them red dye #2’.
Give them vegan gummies
You may have tried this already and found that your kids don’t love them. It’s a good way to get kids to eat vegetables but it could take some time before you find some they like.
Dare them to eat it
True story, I once got my kid to eat certain vegetables by daring him.
Ha! It worked, but they were at the age where elementary school street credit was more important than not eating veggies.
There was also a bit of reverse psychology at play. The conversation went something like, ‘I bet you’re scared to eat a piece of broccoli tonight’, to which my son Benjamin responded, ‘I’m not scared!’ That was a proud night.
Don’t over cook them!
This tip to get your kids to eat veggies comes from my personal experience.
I hated most veggies as a kid because they were mostly over cooked, slimy, or hatched from a can.
I keep my veggies bright and colorful and refer to veggies as eating a rainbow or eating leaves and a small tree. That works for a few years.
Serve veggies your kids want to eat
I’ve got to give props to my mom for never forcing us kids to eat anything we didn’t like.
No need to traumatize the kids during dinner, instead just serve what they like. If they are willing to eat it, then you’ve done your job.
Introduce vegetables to your kids at a young age
Lead by example and show your kids that you are some vegetable eating fools!
I took my sons Benjamin (12) and Kairo (2) to a vegan restaurant here in Charlotte, North Carolina called Luna’s Living Kitchen.
Watch what happens!
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