3 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies
Do you have picky eaters? Do you have a young one who doesn’t want to eat her veggies? As frustrating as this is for parents, the first thing to know is that you are not alone. Even adults can be picky about eating their vegetables but children seem to take the lead when it comes to refusing what is good for them. The good news is that you can fix this and not only will you have a child who eat their veggies, you’ll also raise them into adults who continue to eat healthy and that’s something every parent can feel good about.
Here are three tips to get your kids to eat their veggies:
1. Set a good example – You have to walk the walk before you can talk the talk. Don’t skip your own veggies, make faces or show displeasure at a healthy meal or side of veggies, and be sure to express how much you like certain vegetables. Children who report they like veggies almost always come from families with adults who do the same. The kids who resist veggies the most often come from families who avoid veggies or say they are “bad” or “gross”.
2. Mix it in the meal – You need to make delicious, healthy meals that look and taste as great as that junk food being marketed to your kids. Sometimes you need to get a little creative and mix the veggies in such a way that they don’t know they’re there. Sometimes you need to make the food more colorful or pretty on the plate. Many children don’t like their food to touch or to have foods mixed up in dishes so separation might be a great way to help your kids eat their veggies. Adding a little seasoning or butter is okay, too. For a picky child, you want him to get comfortable with the food he is refusing. That is more important than worrying about a little extra flavoring right now.
3. Get them involved – There are many ways to get your kids involved in the meals. He might shop with you, or help you prepare and cook it, or set or serve the table. You could have your child help pick the veggies that you prepare with each meal. You should also talk to your children, understand their values and this will help you talk about the importance of eating healthy in a way your child can understand.
Now that you’ve seen the tips, the most important thing to remember is that consistency is key. You must stick with the plan and continue to offer vegetables often. It may take a little more work to follow these three tips every day and if you’re already tired from the day by the time dinner comes along, it may be tempting to skip or “avoid the battle” one day. This will undermine all of your progress so far, so always stick with it. You can do it!
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