Moms need practical tips for getting their kids to eat their veggies. Like real tips that work and well are honest, even if they’re tricky. After all, veggies are good for you. Everyone knows this. As my kids get older, it is becoming a challenge to get them to eat new foods, especially their vegetables. They have the fruits and veggies they like and the ones they do not like. Even if they really have no clue if they “like” it or not, they say they don’t and that is that.
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The advice for helping toddlers to like their veggies, it’s not really applying to my older children right now. To help battle this, EAT YOUR VEGGIES, war, here is what I’m doing and I think (key word: think), it’s working.
Green stuff isn’t bad. Salad, broccoli, peas, whatever it is I’m serving it nightly and I’m eating it (even if I don’t like it) in front of them. Yup, I’m eating it and making my husband eat it. No complaining. We’re role modeling. I’m hoping this is the, lead and they’ll follow method that scores me lots of veggie bites. We haven’t been so good at this for veggies so hey, maybe we’ll even improve our own health. Bonus!
Don’t give up. I put what is on my plate on their plate. Just a little maybe and yes, I ask they try it. I don’t force it. I don’t punish them. I just ask nicely. I put the veggies on their plate, over-and-over. I’m at war, I’m not giving up. Someday they’ll try it, right?
I’m sneaky. I can’t lie; I’m adding veggies into my muffins, sauces, smoothies, etc. A mom has to do, what a mom has to do. Don’t judge me.
Challenge them. I ask them to think of a new veggie they want to try. They mostly just look at me like I have a huge wart on my forehead. Regardless, I ask. I throw out some ideas, like how about purple cauliflower. Again, they look at me like I have a gross wart on my forehead and they make all sorts of sounds and weird faces at me. I keep asking. I keep suggesting. Then I pick and plop it on their plate. My reply when they complain and they always do, “I asked you but you didn’t pick so I did, next time, you should pick.”
Veggies are good for you. That is my new mantra and maybe if I say it enough, someone will listen in my house!
How do you get your kids to eat veggies?
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