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Friday December 6th 2019

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

We all want our kids to eat their vegetables. We are told they have to eat them in order to grow and thrive so we do what we can from camouflage to making unrealistic threats and demands. My kids eat all their vegetables, ok that is not true, they don’t eat them but they do get them. I know I am to blame that is what all the good “experts” say. If mommy and daddy would eat their vegetables then kids would too – so it is claimed. That claim is absolutely wrong because I eat my vegetables and I love them yet my children still do not.

All children go through phases. All children develop taste at their own rate and differently. You can’t gauge the health and well being of your child solely on the vegetables he/she will or won’t eat. If your child goes through a period where they won’t touch a vegetable to save their little life, get a good children’s multi-vitman. It is just a phase and it will pass. There are alternative ways to get the nutrients in vegetables into your kids without the power struggle. At the end of the day the most important thing should be your child getting proper nutrition and the nutrients they need not how they get them.

Now maybe the title was a little misleading as I am NOT going to give you 10 ways to get your kids to eat vegetables. I can’t get my kids to eat their vegetables willingly so no way I can get yours to do it. What I am going to do is give you some ways to get vegetables into your kids and some things that you should avoid. You kids will eat vegetables when they are ready. They will like or dislike them on their own and in their own time. It is important however for them to get the nutrients in those vegetables now. So what do you need to do to make that happen – read on:

1. Give up – yep you heard me. Stop trying to get your kids to eat vegetables. They don’t like them. The flavor, the texture, and where they come from they just don’t care. Their little taste buds don’t like them so they don’t want to eat them. Taste develop and change over time we all know this. Some kids will like vegetables right off and some won’t. It would seem the majority don’t like them so why do we keep forcing them on them, ok well they need them would be why, but there is more than one way to skin a cat.

2. Learn to camouflage. Use whatever you have that the kids do like and find ways to hide the vegetables. What is more important? That they get the nutrients into their little bodies or they willing eat them? I hide vegetables in everything. Pureed vegetables are your best weapon. You can add them to meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese, soups, stews, casseroles, hamburger helper and you can even inject them into meats. The different colors and varieties of vegetables allow you to puree and add to whatever you want. The kids really don’t notice. Start out with a little and keep adding more. If they say the food taste weird or different, tell them you messed up making it. Next time add a little less so they don’t notice. (you will find I am not above lying to my children if it is in their best interest; they are too young to handle the truth)

3. Stop making unrealistic threats and demands. Have you tried the threat of “you aren’t leaving this table until you eat every one of those vegetables”? Kids can have the patience of a saint when it comes to something they don’t like or want to do. You can’t keep them at the table indefinitely. Remember the movie Mommie Dearest where she kept serving her child the same plate of food through several meals. Mommy lost on that one, that child never ate that food.

4. Introduce vegetables and require them to try them and do this every 6 months or so. Children’s taste buds do change and rapidly. A vegetable they didn’t like a few months back they could like now. My children are finding things they were positive they didn’t like, they do like now as they get older.

5. Cheese and dips are your best friend. If you are super health conscious there are organic and very healthy dips out there. If you aren’t as concerned there are tons of cheeses and dips out there. Try different cheese and different dips for them to dip their vegetables in. I, myself, won’t eat raw broccoli and can only tolerate it cooked if it is slathered in cheese sauce or oyster sauce. My son can and does eat it raw – yuck!

6. Cook the vegetables. I know the most nutrients are in the raw vegetables but the cooked ones have some nutrients too and something is better than nothing. I used sweet potatoes and cut them into fries, fried them up and added seasoning. When the kids questioned the color I said they were like the fries from Checkers, a fast food restaurant they love, and I found the secret on the internet (yep I lied). They ate them up and loved them. Another good one with sweet potatoes is to make a sundae and use them instead of bananas, the sweet potatoes are healthier. You can do so much with cooked vegetables to make them more palatable to kids. I put popcorn seasoning on cooked vegetables, sounds disgusting but the kids eat them right up. Doesn’t work as well on the raw vegetables.

7. Shred vegetables when possible. Carrots, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, sweet potatoes, corn and many others can be shredded. I don’t know why this works but between me and my friends we have learned that if we shred the vegetables they get eaten. For me, I shred a colorful combo, drop them in a skillet with a little olive oil, add some seasoning and lightly saute them. The kids eat them and when I ask what is the difference, I get the stock, I don’t know they just taste better. Maybe it is because the taste is not so overwhelming in little tiny shredded pieces.

8. Stop forcing your children to eat vegetables they have tried and don’t like. If they don’t like them, they don’t. You forcing it just leads to dinner time battles. Worse it can lead to your child resenting you and resenting the vegetables. If you get into that power struggle your child is who suffers. They can absolutely refuse to ever touch that vegetable again as long as they live, even though they might eventually like it. I know adults who refuse to even try certain things because their parents forced them on them when they were kids. At its worse the child could refuse to eat or even try any vegetable out there making your job even harder. Accept they don’t like the vegetable now and try again later.

9. Your taste are different from your child’s. Parents seem to believe if they like something then their kids should too. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t talk your kids into liking something they don’t like. You can talk them into trying something they haven’t liked in the past but you can’t convince them they like it.

10. Stop stressing over the vegetables. I know the “experts” say that kids need so many vegetable servings a day and they make it seem like you are the worst parent on the planet if you don’t make your kids eat them. That kind of guilt for parents is terrible. Yes your children need proper nutrition and the nutrients in vegetables certainly make up a part of that but Johnny or Susie is not going to stop growing or keel over because they didn’t eat their green beans. A good children’s multi-vitman will work until the kid’s taste buds develop a liking for vegetables.

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  1. Michael says:
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