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How To Get Your Kids to Eat Their Greens

We’ve all been through it; it can be an absolute nightmare getting your little ones to consume the little green things on their plates that are supposed to help them grow up healthy and strong, no matter what you do. But it’s not an impossible task, and here are some ways you could get your kids to eat their vegetables, and hopefully, learn to even like them.

Get them involved

Take your kids along the next time you go to the market or the supermarket. Introducing them to the colourful and wide array of vegetables available, and then getting their help in preparing the meal give them a sense of ownership over their creation. This will make them more motivated to consume the food they have painstakingly help to cook.

Literary aid

Vegetables have featured quite prominently in children’s literature over the years, and you could use this to your advantage! If your child is throwing a tantrum about eating the spinach you’ve added as part of his meal, you could remind him that Popeye is strong exactly because of the vegetable. Other children’s books have also featured vegetables in a bid to introduce them in a fun way.

Baby veggies often taste sweeter than regular ones. Try adding baby carrots and cherry tomatoes to your kid’s meals.

Get arty and crafty

Cut vegetables into fun shapes like stars and hearts, and slide them into wooden skewers, alternating the vegetables with pieces of sweet fruits such as watermelon, banana and blueberry. You could also get his help in creating an artwork out of his meal.

Explore options

A sprinkle of cheese or raisins, or a drizzle of mayonnaise might make a meal of vegetables more appealing. Look at other options, like mixing sweetcorn and broccoli into mashed potato to form balls, then lightly fry them and fit them onto sticks.

ABC soups

An Alphabet minestrone soup, with the addition of alphabet pasta to mixed vegetable soup adds a dose of fun for kids during mealtimes, and increases the likelihood of them eating their vegetable without fuss. A simple beetroot soup recipe, either in cold soup, sour cream, or Greek Yogurt could be just what you need to ensure he gets his required nutrients. Cream-based vegetable soups can help mask the taste of strong-tasting vegetables such as celery.

According to the Health Promotion Board, children aged between 7 to 13 should have at least two intakes of veggies a day. So try your best to ensure that your child receives the daily dosage!

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