We don’t need a holiday to celebrate veggies in our household, but we’ll take it anyway! Looking few a few tips on how to incorporate more vegetables into your kid’s diets? (what mom isn’t?) Here are a few of our favorite ways to get our kids to eat more vegetables:
This is the number one way to get your kids to eat an assortment of veggies. We started with a very basic pineapple and spinach smoothie. The pineapple is sweet and besides the green color, you wouldn’t know that there is spinach in there. From there, we started adding in broccoli or cauliflower. Then we started playing around with different berries and vegetables. They will now eat any smoothie that we make. It might take some time, but keep playing with different combinations until they can’t resist any.
Yup, you heard me right. During my Sunday prep day, I always try to make a muffin that has either a vegetable or a protein source for the week. Here are some of the kid’s favorites:
Leave them on the counter
My kids are dying for a snack when they get home from school. So, I put out a plate of veggies with hummus (or another dip of choice) and say they can eat as much as they want, but this is the only snack they get.
Grow them in your backyard
My kids can’t resist picking anything off a vine and eating it. We grow tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, herbs and broccoli in our backyard. They are involved from the moment we plant the seed.
Let them choose at the grocery store
Let them pick one (or more) vegetables from the grocery store. Then select a recipe and cook it together. They will always want to try something they helped prepare.
Lastly, remember that it will take time to form a new habit. Don’t give up. Keep trying. Hopefully, these tips will help your little one form a love (ok, maybe just a liking) of vegetables.