How many times have you made dinner, get the kids to the table and they pick at their food? Do they push it around on their plates? Feed it to the family pet or just spit it out? Introducing children to new vegetables can be tough but it takes some planning and a little creativity. Here are a few tips to help you get your kids to eat more vegetables.
Chicken Pot Pie – Add a bag of frozen or fresh vegetables to dish. Great way to get them to eat their peas and carrots.
Dips – Instead of potato chips with ranch dressing use sticks of celery, carrots, or cucumber.
Spaghetti Sauce – Hide all the veggies in the sauce. Try zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, cauliflower, even eggplant.
Pizza Night – Kids love pizza. Cut up veggies and let them make their own pizza.
Burgers – Add veggies to ground turkey or hamburger. They will think its seasoning. Veggies keep the meat moist and give off a great flavor. Same tip works for meatballs and meatloaf.
Soups & Stews - Homemade soup always gives you the opportunity to be creative, adding vegetables to pot increases the flavors, cuts down on the amount of salt you have to use as well. Don’t have time to make your soup from scratch no worries. Add veggies to a can of tomato soup or a can of chicken noodle.
Smoothies – Green smoothies are very popular now. Adding spinach to the smoothie helps provide nutrients to yours and your child’s diet. Spinach isn’t the only vegetable to add. You can add whatever you like to the fruity drink and your kids won’t know. You can even use vegetables the same color as the fruit or juice you are using. Get creative.
One Bite- Try it at least one time. If they take one bite then that’s a start.
Check out the video from Dr. Ann, she goes into a little more detail about how to be sneaky and get your kids to eat more vegetables. Let me know if these tips work for you. Do you have tips to share? I would love to hear from you.