6 Proven Ways To Get Your Kids Eating More Veg
6 Proven Ways To Get Kids To Eat More Vegetables
- Set an example – If vegetables and healthy foods are an afterthought in your household, how do you expect your kids to eat them? Kids eat what they know, and they won’t ask for a special meal if they do not know it is an option.
- Make food fun – Broccoli can be intimidating to a kid. But if they are a dinosaur who need to eat five miniature trees in order to outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly those florets are a lot more interesting.
- Get them involved – Children are more invested in a meal if they help with its preparation. Letting your kids pick one or two things to cook for dinner can make them far more excited to eat it later.
- Reward good behaviour – Research has shown that rewarding a child for trying one bite of a rejected food with things like stickers makes it easier for them to try the food. They are also more likely to rate the food positively in the future.
- Offer diverse food colours – One thing you have working in your favour is that children like colourful foods. You can expose them to more colours by adding more vegetables to their plates.
- Butter, Garlic and Bacon – There’s nothing wrong with adding additional flavours to vegetables to make them more appealing.If that means serving it along with something you know they’ll enjoy, like cheese or bacon, that’s fine. Children can handle a few extra calories, especially if it helps them learn to enjoy spinach.
Trick them by saying you’re making spaghetti. Depending on the age of your kids, some simply just won’t eat a vegetable if they know it’s a vegetable. With zucchini noodles, they won’t know the difference! Luckily, making zucchini pasta is fun and the kids are more inclined to eat something they were involved in making. Serve with your favourite bolognese or creamy chicken sauce. Zoodles will quickly become a meal the whole family will enjoy.
Try our Chicken, Chorizo, Parpadelle with Zucchini Noodle recipe here.
Faux carbs are fast becoming this year’s hot trend. Low-fi cauliflower rice is the perfect introduction to grain alternatives. All you need is a grater or food processor to knock up rice-like pieces, this can then be microwaved, pan-fried or roasted to create a light, fluffy portion that will have the carb lovers coming back for more. Cauliflower is an incredibly nutritious vegetable and should be included in your families diet. With the option to mash, puree or rice there is really no excuses.
Try our Chicken, Asparagus and Prosciutto Risotto with Cauliflower Rice here.
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato french fries make for a delicious treat, offering an alternative to traditional potato french fries. Bake sweet potato fries at home and use healthy preparation methods to obtain the maximum health benefits from these tasty tubers. They are a delicious finger food for your little ones and might just trick your picky eaters into eating the vegetable. If you’ve got a craving for hot chips but need to watch your waistline, these guilt-free baked fries are healthy option to consider. Leave the skin on your sweet potatoes when making fries to retain the food’s dietary fibre content and use olive oil to coat your fries to boost your intake of healthy fats.
Try this Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Dip here.