Let’s face it – kids don’t like vegetables. I wasn’t a huge fan of veggies as a kid. Once I learned how to cook, I thought that my vegetable aversion was mostly due to how my mom cooked the vegetables. Now that I have my own kids, and know how to cook a mean vegetable side dish, I think it may have more to do with a mature palate. I really have no idea! But the fact is that we all need to eat more vegetables and finding ways to get kids to at least try a vegetable is a step in the right direction.
Serve Vegetables They Will Eat: This may be a no brainer, but if your kids love carrots and hate broccoli, then make sure to serve carrots. I do this when I want to introduce a new vegetable. My kids love Brussels sprouts. I know – it’s weird. So if I want them to try snap peas, I also serve Brussels sprouts.
Try Raw Vegetables: Who says the veggies have to be cooked? If your kids love carrots and celery sticks, then serve them up for dinner. One of my kids loves salads so I make sure to serve a salad at least a few times a week just for him.
Make It Fun: Sometimes my kids will eat a vegetable just because it looks fun! I may also stoop to a little bribery every once in a while and offer a fun dessert IF they eat their veggies first.
Try Something New: Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables has a new line of Flavor Full frozen veggies. They paired vegetables with fun flavors like wasabi and barbecue. Have a kid who eats ranch dressing on everything? Try the Ranch Broccoli!
One of my kids loves buffalo sauce so I had to try buffalo cauliflower! I mean, anything is better with buffalo sauce. Make sure to grab a $1.00 off coupon to try one of the Birds Eye Flavor Fulls!
Sneak Veggies In: I’m not a big fan of sneaking veggies in to food, but sometimes it works well. No one my house loves kale, but when I make a smoothie and add some in, everyone loves it.
These are just a few ways I try to get my kids to eat their veggies! What ideas do you have?This article may contain affiliate links.