Getting children to eat healthy.

Getting children to eat healthy.

Everyone knows that vegetables are good for you. But how do you make children want to eat them?Many parents try endlessly to encourage children to eat their vegetables, most of the time with little success. In light of this all-too-common challenge, parents often ask for tips on getting kids to eat more vegetables.

One big mistake many parents make when trying to encourage their child to each vegetables is by force. Try Encourage children to try a spoonful, but don’t get upset if they refuse it. Eventually, they will try it, so keep reintroducing various foods from time to time.

Even young children can learn why nutrition is important. You can simply say: ‘They taste good and make you healthy, big and strong.’

Some helpful tips to make vegetables more appetizing to children.

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  • Add extra vegetables to meals by mixing them into foods or adding them as a side dish.
  • Keep a bowl of cherry tomatoes or baby carrots in the refrigerator for a quick and handy snack.
  • Serve raw or lightly steamed vegetables with salad dressing or dips such as hummus or tzatziki.
  • Instead of potatoes, try mashed sweet potato– sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A and it tastes delicious.
  • Let children make their own tacos with shredded lettuce, tomato, ground turkey and a little cheese.
  • Try not to overcook vegetables. Light cooking preserves taste, bright appearance and valuable vitamins.
  • Help make your child familiar with vegetables. Serve them every day.
  • Prepare meals together – for example, younger children can wash, and older ones can chop vegetables for stir-fry dishes and salads.
  • Let your child help choose fresh vegetables when you’re shopping, ask them which vegetables they would like to try.
  • Plant a vegetable garden with your child. Or just put a small cherry tomato plant in a pot in a sunny spot in the yard.

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If your child is a fussy eater, try slipping them into food by:

  • making muffins with your child and adding pumpkin, zucchini or shredded carrots to the muffin mix
  • tucking a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice or carrot curls into sandwiches
  • adding chopped spinach or a handful of frozen vegetables to soups, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce or lasagna
  • adding chopped tomato or grated carrots to tuna, chicken or pasta salads
  • cooking frozen mixed vegetables according to the directions and then adding them to store-bought potato salad
  • making pizza with your child and adding chopped broccoli or spinach to frozen pizza or frozen bread dough topped with tomato sauce
  • adding chopped broccoli or extra carrots to canned or dried chicken soup.

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