It’s well-known that come meal time, some children just won't eat their vegetables. No matter what kind of negotiation skills you have, kids often pass through fussy eating stages and just won't go near the broccoli or brussel sprouts. However, it's essential that your child gets enough vitamins and minerals for their growth, development and overall physical wellbeing. After all, these kinds of nutrient rich foods help to maintain a healthy and strong immune system. So what can you do?
One of the best ways to encourage your child to eat fruits and veggies is to set a great example yourself. If they see you eating and enjoying them, they are more likely to become curious and want to try the vegetables too. If that doesn't work, you might have to get creative. Many vegetables work surprisingly well in muffins, such as carrots, cucumber, courgette and pumpkin. Disguising these veggies in delicious cheese or yoghurt sauces also works a treat but remember to consider the pros and cons of doing this.
Foods like carrot and celery are also more attractive to children when paired with a dip such as hummus, guacamole, or even peanut butter. Conversely, you can prepare a "confetti" coloured dip out of mixed vegetables alongside healthy crackers. When creating or cooking these dishes, let the kids be a part of the process. That way, the kids are more likely to get excited about the food and want to eat it.
You can also get creative with presentation. Have your child help you arrange their vegetables into a funny face, animal, flower or other creation and watch how much more enthusiastic they are about their greens!
All in all, don't give up when it comes to kids and their vegetables. Kids often come around, and one day, you'll be able to laugh with them about how they used to throw their asparagus and spinach on the ground, or the funny faces they made while tasting new foods.