A plate full of veggies may look enticing to most grown-ups, but the colorful array of raw vegetables may not be enough to encourage your little veggie monster. People who eat fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic disease. It’s not surprising because veggies are packed full of nutrients vital to nourish your body.
Eating vegetables provides significant health benefits for kids and grown-ups alike, but sometimes we all need a little encouragement. Here are eight tips to make vegetables fun for your kids to eat…
Lead by example
If you’re kids see you eating your vegetables, chances are they’ll eat more of them. It’s not fair to expect your kids to eat them, if you don’t eat them yourself, even if you may not love them. If there is a particular type of vegetable that you don’t like, offer two or three different kinds with dinner. That way you can still show your child you’re eating your veggies, while avoiding the kind you don’t like.
If you constantly cater towards picky eating, you’ll create a picky eater. Kids eat what they know and they won’t ask for special meals if they don’t know it’s an option. Try sweet potato fries instead of traditional fries or spaghetti squash instead of pasta. You may be surprised that you and your kids love them.