July 27, 2011

10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Like most parents, I suspect you have difficulty getting your children to eat their vegetables. My kids really complain about veggies. I complied this list to help you get your kids to eat more veggies.

10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

1. Serve their fave vegetable
Usually kids have a favorite veggie. My son likes green beans, so I serve them at least once a week. Avoid serving it too much though. That would "burn them out" on it.

2. The one bite rule
My friend has a rule that the children must try one bite of every item served. If they really don't like it, they can leave the rest. That is a good way to at least get kids to try different veggies.

3. Hide the veggies
Many people sneak veggies into other items. I have heard about blending a small amount of veggies and adding it to spaghetti sauce. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it would work.

4. Make casseroles
Many casseroles contain veggies. Usually their flavor is hidden in the overall flavor of the dish. Unfortunately, my kids don't like casseroles. :(

5. Let them pick out a veggie
Take them to the store and allow them to pick a veggie they promise to eat. They will be excited to try the veggies of different colors and shapes.

6. Eat veggies first
Some people have a rule that they have to eat their veggies before they can have seconds on any other item such as noodles.

7. Change the way they are served
For example you can serve it fresh and cold instead of cooked. My son likes raw carrots, but he hates them cooked. ???

8. Make shapes or designs
My kids are teens, but this could work for younger children. You could make a smile out of veggies on a plate.

9. Talk about how an individual veggie helps.
You could talk about how carrots are good for your eyes.

10. Grow your own vegetables
Be sure to have the kids involved. Usually they will want to try it if they helped grow it.

I hope these tips help you get your kids to eat more vegetables. Please, let me know if you have any other tips.

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