Telling your kids to eat something “because it’s good for you” doesn’t always fly. In fact, as a parent, you know it can have the opposite effect in some cases. The federal government says kids aged 2 to 6 should have 3-servings of vegetables per day as part of a healthy diet, but how do you make that happen?
Well, barring them miraculously developing a love for broccoli overnight, it seems we parents may actually have to trick them into consuming more veggies. However, what they don’t know won’t hurt them—and in this case, what they don’t know will actually benefit them! Here are seven creative ways to get junior to eat more veggies…
1. Offer Them as a Snack
Usually when kids think of a snack, it’s often something that’s a “treat”—like a chocolate bar. The goal here is to make kids think about vegetables not as a boring side to dinner, but as the thing they reach for when they’re feeling peckish throughout the day.
You’re ultimately in charge of the food inventory in your fridge. “If you stock up on vegetables for snacks and limit unhealthy snacks in your home, your child will be more likely to choose vegetables when she’s hungry,” explains RaisingChildren.net.