5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

7 Sep

Photo by Cyn74 via Flickr

What your kids don’t know won’t hurt them.  In fact, in this case, it helps them. That’s because when they learn to love vegetables, they’re eating foods essential to developing healthy eating habits, combating obesity and warding off disease.  But in order to love veggies, they don’t need to know they’re eating them.   These tricks will have your kids loving veggies before you know it!

Disguise #1 – Puree, Melt and Bake. Take macaroni and cheese to the next level by roasting and pureeing butternut squash and zucchini, and then mixing it in with your kid’s favorite cheesy sauce.  They’ll love the buttery flavor!

Disguise #2 – Smoothie it out. When you’re a kid, green can be scary.  Add ½ cup fresh spinach to your child’s favorite fresh fruit smoothie and prepare to be amazed yourself.  The spinach takes on the form and color of the fruit.  Still not a believer?  Test out the Morning Sunshine Probiotic Smoothie.

Disguise #3 – Make it look fun. There isn’t anything tacky about Ants on a Log.  You fell for it.  So will they.

Disguise #4 – Give it an alias.  Roasted potatoes cut into tiny little strips can also be called “French fries.”  The trick is to get them crispy like the real deal fried stuff.  To achieve the crispness you’re looking for, make sure you only bake them in a single layer on 425 for about 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Disguise #5 – Let them join in.  If they make it, they’ll likely eat it. Making your kitchen kid-friendly, interactive and fun will encourage your kiddos to explore their palettes.

And there’s your ‘aha’ moment.  The key to getting your kids to eat their veggies is not through force–it’s through trickery.

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