Vegetables are a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Due to this reason, many parents understand that they are very important in their children’s diet. It is unfortunately very difficult for some parents to get their kids to eat vegetables on a regular basis. I had problems feeding my youngest son with vegetables and had to use some tips, which worked out very well for me.
Practice what you preach
If you are eating vegetables yourself, you can influence your kids to do the same. If you feed your children different things from what you eat, it is going to be hard to make them like them. Be a good role model because you are very influential to your kids.
Start feeding the children with vegetables early
You cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Get the children used to the texture and taste of vegetables as early as they start feeding on solid foods, it is much easier than when you start later on. It also helps the kids to eat healthily in the long run. It does not mean that it is going to be impossible when you start later on; it is only going to be harder.
Mix vegetables with the foods that your child already likes
Some kids refuse to eat foods that are mixed together while others like seeing food mixed together at times, it is however good to try. On the first trial, you should keep the vegetables you are mixing in small quantities. You should also make your kid aware that you are mixing it all together and that is how you are serving it for the family.
Feed them raw vegetables sometimes
Some vegetables such as carrots and celery can be served raw. Some kids would prefer their crunchy texture much more than when they are cooked.
Dips are good. They work like magic
Giving low-fat salad dressing, salsa, hummus and yogurt based dressing can make your kid eat vegetables. Dips also help in masking the strong taste of the vegetables for the kids. As much as we want the kids to learn to eat the vegetables alone, masking them will help them reach there.
Try as many varieties of vegetables as possible
Start by providing small servings at first. Bear in mind that kids who are picky eaters cannot try out a new vegetable until they have seen it on their plate ten or more times. Children also have a phobia to new foods.
Cook with the kids often
Children become more interested in eating what they have prepared. Involving them in preparing or choosing meals is very important. Take them with you to the market to buy vegetables, allow them to choose for you. You can also allow them to cut up the vegetables and mix them in the salad if they are old enough.
Adopt and enforce the one bite rule
Compel the child to take at least one bite of the food each time it is served. They are more likely to accept the food the more they are exposed to it. Never allow the child to refuse the food completely. With time they will eventually end up accepting the food more.Continue reading