Kids ~VS~ Veggies…
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a very nice weekend. School starts today. This is bittersweet. While I am glad to have a little time to myself to chill out, shop or clean…I will miss them. A lot. Since I’ve got kiddo on the brain, I have a kid-centric post for you today.
Do you have picky people to feed? Do you struggle to get your family to eat veggies? I do.
When my son was 5 or 6 he was so averse to eating any green vegetable he would gag, choke, and flail. He told me all green things were evil.
Fun times at dinner.
Ah. Fun times.
He’s 13 now, and while he usually no longer flails he still is not fond of many veggies. A recent gagging episode with rainbow chard reminded me of the not so good old days.
Despite the picture below, Veggies are NOT evil.
Well, except for Brussel-Sprouts. They are pure evil. Little green balls of evil.
Here are a few things I have done to get my kids to try new veggies…….
- Try to get the kids involved in the veggie choices. I have found that kids are more likely to eat something if they helped pick it out.
- Have the kids help in the cooking process. Just like allowing them to help pick the veggies, allowing them to help in the cooking process will sometimes make them more willing to eat the veggies.
- Introduce the veggies in an unexpected way. The first time my kids tried black-eyed peas was in Texas Caviar. They still are not super fond of eating black-eyed peas unless they are in Texas Caviar, but they will give it a try now. They frequently ask for Texas Caviar and will gobble it up any time I make it.
- Offer a few options, ask them to try a little of each. We have found that they are more open-minded about trying new things when there is a veggie they like on the table too.
A few things that you probably NEVER want to do…….
- Never force your child to eat an entire serving of a veggie that they do not like. It’s frustrating for you both and I have found that they are less open about new veggies if you force one on them.
- Never use a veggie as a punishment threat. Okay, this sounds funny, but I did this.
Picture this, I’m at the grocery store with two wild-things. They are running amuck. I (in the past) have been guilty of picking up a can of beets and telling them if they do not behave the beets are coming home with us. To be a main dinner feature. Yep, I did that. More than once. *sigh* So, it’s no surprise that it has been hard to get my kids to eat beets. You know, because I made them seem like a punishment.
So, don’t make veggies a punishment. Learn from my mistakes. Ha!
How do you get your kids to eat veggies?
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