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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

As a mother of three very active boys, I do everything in my power to ensure that they are consuming the right foods to ensure they’re growing and thriving.  But, I can definitely admit that it can be a daunting task sometimes, not so much for me – but I know that there are parents that have difficulty getting their children to eat right.  When I was a kid, there was really no such thing as sweets and my candy was cherry tomatoes… so it is something I have worked on incorporating in my household.  Here are a few tips I have on how to get your kids to eat their veggies.003 copy

Incorporate veggies in your daily meals…

Everything a child knows is a learned behavior for the most part and that includes what they eat.  By incorporating some sort of vegetable into your daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), your child becomes familiar with having it a part of their plate and therefore will want to eat it.  Now, sometimes children have a very picky palette and it can be a challenge to include all types of veggies into their daily meals, but remember that fruits are also a great source of vitamins and sometimes telling them that they can have an awesome fruit snack after they complete their meal will work wonders.

Incorporate vegetables in their favorite foods and drinks…

I am a huge Green Juice and Smoothie lover and while the boys are not too fond of the green look, they love the taste because I include fruits in the drink that help to mask the vegetable flavor.  One of my favorite combinations includes:  Kale, Chard, Spinach, Mango and Banana with Coconut water or coconut oil and cold pure water.  The boys love the flavor because they taste the mango and banana but not the greens and they are getting their daily intake of vegetables and vitamins.  While this is not my favorite solution, I don’t necessarily hide them in the juice, because I show them the process of how it all comes together and since they love the taste, they are much more willing to try the vegetables on their own.  Also, include vegetables in your kids’ favorite meals.  My boys love pasta and I incorporate spinach or squash in my pasta as well as other veggies like tomatoes, broccoli and mushrooms – you name it, I have put it in pasta or stir fry.  When they are chopped and tossed with the meal that they enjoy, they will love the color as well as the taste.

Be Creative… 

Popeye the Sailor Man is not exactly popular now a days so using the “eat your spinach so you can have muscles like Popeye” doesn’t exactly work if they don’t know who Popeye is.  While that can be a challenge, I like to use references to their favorite cartoon characters and story books when giving my boys vegetables.  For example:  “Sponge Bob loves to eat Yellow Zucchini because it is yellow like he is”, or placing sliced vegetables like cucumbers on a plate in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head.  But my all time favorite is when my eldest (now 10 years old) was 2 and seen a baby carrot for the first time.  He wasn’t very interested in it at first but realized that it looked just like a Cheeto that he seen on the commercial and wanted to eat it because it was cool.  Needless to say, it is one of his favorite vegetables now and because of him, his brothers love them too.

Color your world with veggies…

Vegetables come in so many awesome colors.  My sons absolutely love going through the Produce department at my local grocery store and naming the colors of each vegetable as well as learning the names of each one too.  As we go through the vegetable department, I ask my sons to each pick out a vegetable that they think looks cool and that they would like to try.  Getting them interested in both the colors as well as getting excited to be able to pick out their own makes it easier for them when it is time to eat it.  When it’s time to cook it, engage them with what the vegetable looks like on the inside, how it smells and offer it to them raw too, because raw veggies taste great and look better than when they are cooked.  Keeping them involved in the cooking process – even if it is to just show them the difference between cooked and raw vegetables will make a huge difference in how excited they will be when it’s time to eat.  Of course, if you can include them in the cooking process – it makes a huge difference as well… our favorite is making homemade pizza where the boys can select their own vegetables and toppings to put on their pizza and then they watch it bake.  It makes eating anything much more fun and exciting and therefore, delicious.  Also – a vegetable garden is a great idea to include your child in learning more about vegetables and fruits.  Remember me mentioning in the beginning that I ate my vegetables like it was candy?  Well, as a child my parents would grow their own vegetables and because of this as kids we were busy eating them fresh from the garden any time we wanted to, Organic with no pesticides and delicious.

At the end of the day each child is different and it can definitely be a challenge to get any child to eat vegetables.  I think that making it fun and exciting in any aspect will surely entice them to eat vegetables daily.  Remember that as you include vegetables in your meals and snacks and your children start to like it, they will gravitate more towards vegetables then bad sweets that are no good for them.  It’s a process… and once they love them, they will want them consistently and there will no longer be a need to convince them to eat it.  Encourage your children to love vegetables by making it a part of your daily food selection and make sure to do this at a young age so they learn to love vegetables and will eat them willingly and enjoy it.  This is just a few of my tips that I wanted to share with all of my mommies and daddies or aunts and uncles, so I hope you enjoyed it.  Remember to customize any of these tips to fit your lifestyle and family.  Happy Veggie Eating!

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  • Great tips!

  • Norah Salazar

    It is hard with my older one, he is picky but will eat fruits all day. My baby is the complete opposite, she’ll have pureed kale! You boys are so adorable!

    • thank you Norah 😉 Try the smoothie with fruit, but only show the fruit going in and see what he thinks 😉

  • I always ate my veggies!!

  • Great tips!!! I love the idea of homemade pizza and letting them pick their veggies. Team effort!!! lol

    • Pizza or just my homemade salsa with tomatoes and avocado and stuff – they love it 😉

  • I don’t have kids, but it’s often hard to get ME to eat veggies. I need to try that smoothie. I bought some frozen kale to try in a smoothie.. and it’s still in my freezer.

    • Yes – get that smoothie going girl – you’ll love it 😉

  • Aleya Bamdad

    My daughter is all about the carrots and hummus these days. As long as she’s eating veggies I’m ok with that.

    • Yummy – the boys love that in our house… any veggie and hummus and they are all over it. I also make Edamame Hummus and they love it too. Salsa is another awesome way to get them to eat veggies 😉

  • Great tips – My 3 yr old hates veggies! Will definitely try some of these!

    • awww… there is always a reason why. Try asking why they hate their veggies and counter react with a reason why that doesn’t work. 😉

  • Justina

    Great tips, and your kids are sooo cute!

  • My middle child is THE WORST about eating veggies.

    • aww… try the smoothie or green juice 🙂

  • My mom was lucky because I really enjoyed veggies growing up, especially spinach! I sneak veggies into my BF’s food by chopping up celery and carrots to mix into turkey burgers!

    • same for us… my parents didn’t have issues with us eating veggies… I really didn’t know about candy and soda till I started elementary school and still wasn’t quite interested till high school. Ooh – Turkey burgers with veggies… yummy!

  • What works for us is smoothies. My daughter loves them.

    • thank goodness for those smoothies – they are lifesavers 😉

  • Emily Hudspeth

    Great post! I am looking for new ways to incorporate all the greens we are getting with our weekly CSA.

    • Yes, I think these would be awesome ways to do so 😉

  • Great tips!

  • Too cute!! Great tips!

  • great tips! it is so hard to get kids to eat right

    • thank you. 🙂 My kids like them for the most part… but I know kids that didn’t and these helped 😉

  • Anastasia

    Like you I grew up without sweets, and I was lucky if my parents let me have some ice cream. I hated it back then but I’m really thankful to them now, because I know that they wanted me to grow up healthy 🙂

  • cindyprimebeauty

    I wish I would have gotten in the habit of eating more veggies when I was a kid.

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Great tips! I got very lucky and my son LOVES his veggies!

  • They are great tips. I think the most important thing a parent can do when it comes to eating food is lead by example. If your kids see you avoiding vegetables or pulling faces when you have to eat them than of course they will learn that behavior.

  • Angela Sherman

    taking notes for my future little ones!

  • Great tips! I love veggies as a kid.

  • BTBAshley

    You have awesome tips that will work. Love getting great parenting tips from a great parent.

  • Betzy Carmona

    This is a great post for mom’s

  • I so wish my son would eat veggies!

    • aww… kids can be finicky sometimes.