5 Ways to Trick Your Kids into Loving Vegetables
We know that eating your greens is great for you, but how do you convince your kids of it? There’s nothing wrong with finding a way to trick your kids into loving vegetables!
Kids and vegetables are an unlikely pair. Getting your kids to not only like, but to eat vegetables is an everyday struggle. But eating vegetables is an important part of your children’s diet and their growing needs. So what are we supposed to do?
Here are some tricks to get your kids eating real and delicious veggies.
Looks do matter. At least for veggies. Try plating vegetables in a fun and colorful way to get kids more excited about their least favorite foods. Making faces, characters, or color patterns adds a little dish excitement. Smiley face veggies, anyone?
Make the same dishes they love, but with slightly different ingredients. Instead of reaching for the pasta box, try using veggie noodles like zoodles or spaghetti squash. Dig in to a Thai Peanut Zoodle Salad recipe and a Zoodles with Rosemary Chicken recipe. You can even make the classic mac ‘n cheese with garbanzo bean pasta!
If that doesn’t work, you can always try blending vegetables into a smoothie for an after-school snack, pureeing or freezing as a popsicle. Get creative with all the different ways of presenting these colorful, natural goodies!
Get Them Involved
Involving your kids in the process can help them feel invested in eating their meal. Try having your kids pick their vegetables at a local farm or pick out their vegetables at the grocery store. Show them how you’ll use what they chose in the kitchen, and at the dinner table, they’ll be more interested in putting what they picked in their mouth.
Giving kids a choice also encourages mealtime responsibility. Try letting them choose their salad ingredients or veggie pizza toppings from the mom-approved list.
Oh, the trusty dip. There’s a reason why dipping carrots and celery into ranch is go-to: kids will actually eat it. Having your kids dip raw veggies into something they love, like Sunflower Seed Hummus or their favorite sauce (here’s a homemade ketchup recipe with no processed sugar!), is an easy way to get them munching. Try switching it up too. Rather than dipping veggies, try putting chips out with this pink vegetable dip like Beet Hummus Dip. Maybe the unique color will be the trick needed to get all these nutrients into their little bodies with big smiles on their faces.
Sweeten ‘Em Up
It’s no secret kids love sweets. Making vegetables sweeter is a quick and easy way to get your kids wanting more. Be sure to use a natural sweetener so you’ll feel good about the pairing.
Pair nutrient-rich veggies with raw and unfiltered honey for a match made in heaven. The kids will gobble up more enzymes and vitamins with every dip. Choose honey that is not heated at high temps because this removes the naturally occurring benefits of honey. At Nature Nate’s, our honey is kept raw and unfiltered, keeping honey exactly as it should be.
Related: 8 Foods to Pair Honey With
Lead by Example
Set a good example and show your kids that eating real, natural foods is not a chore but a delicious and enjoyable part of life.
This fight is an old one, and we believe in you. At Nature Nate’s, we strive to provide your family with the best and highest quality foods. To us, real and natural foods are not only great for you, but they also taste delicious too. We believe it’s possible to get your kids loving real and natural foods as much as we do. We’re cheering for you, your little ones and your plate full of veggies.
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