Your little one has probably given you a rough time trying to eat vegetables. It is a common occurrence among young kids so; it should not be cause for alarm. However, we all know how beneficial vegetables are and the importance of including them in a regular diet.But, this is not as easy to do as it sounds. It takes patience and effort for your child to eat vegetables willingly. The following ways can help you in the process to ensure your little one enjoys eating vegetables.

 

1. Get a little Creative in the Preparation process

If you have ever tried biting off a spinach leaf, you know it does not have the most appealing taste. Your little one will therefore not enjoy that plain spinach salad. How about spicing things up in the kitchen by adding some of their favorite flavors? You can do this by adding fruits, making purees, adding spices, and blending in the colors.

2. Serve Veggies as Snacks

Your kid may take time to love vegetables as snacks, especially if they are used to having fast foods. Start by packing more vegetables as snacks and soon they will enjoy having them. For example, you can serve carrot or cucumber sticks with dips such as guacamole or nut butter as snacks.

3. Involve Your Kids in the Shopping And Preparation Process

One of the ways your kids will love vegetables is by having them around as you shop, cook and serve. Take them shopping to the farmers’ market and let them choose the vegetables they like. Let them help in the preparation process and teach them the different ways to cook vegetables. They will most definitely want to taste which at the start is a win for you.

4. Have Fun With Vegetables

Kids are crafty, and anything that is out of the ordinary will certainly please them. When cooking and serving, let the kids get creative with various types of vegetables to create what they love. They can go as far as trying to make ‘spider-man’ using carrot sticks, sliced tomatoes, etc.

 

5. Sneak The Greens Into The Smoothies

That buttery smoothie that your kiddo loves can be a great way to sneak in some greens. Add a leaf or two to incorporate vegetables in their favorite smoothies. With the appealing taste from fruits, nuts and dairy your little one will hardly notice the bitter taste of kale.

 

6. Add Vegetables Into Their Favorite Meals

If your child enjoys pizza or pies, it is time you got a little more creative. Shred some spinach or kale and stuff them in their favorite pie. With the relatable taste of the usual ingredients, the kid will not mind the additional vegetables. With a crazy love for meat, one-pot meat meals with vegetables will make the process easier. It all boils down to what you include and how creative you make it.

 

7. Be Consistent

Every habit takes time to develop and sustain. If you want your kids to love vegetables, then you have to introduce them consistently. Ensure every meal has at least one type of vegetables. This will help kids understand that vegetables are part of the diet and whether or not they like them, they will always be there. With time, your kids will start enjoying them.

8. Lead by Example

Most of your child’s habits are learned from the environment around. They copy and learn what they see other people around them doing. In this case, eating vegetables in your child’s presence can encourage them to love them too. It might take time, but they get the assurance that vegetables are nice to eat.

9. Reward Your Child With Every Success

Switching up habits and getting your little one to love vegetables is a tough task. The best way to sustain their love for veggies is by rewarding them each time they clear their bowl. You can do this by allowing a favorite treat every time they eat vegetables. They will enjoy eating more vegetables knowing there is a reward every time they clear their plate.

Bottom Line

As a parent, you do not have to feel as a failure if your child hates vegetables. Like any other habit, it takes time and effort to develop. But, with the right strategies, you can help improve your child’s love for veggies. The above tricks are easy and practical to implement and soon your little one will be asking for more vegetables on their plate.

Your little one has probably given you a rough time trying to eat vegetables. It is a common occurrence among young kids so; it should not be cause for alarm. However, we all know how beneficial vegetables are and the importance of including them in a regular diet.But, this is not as easy to do as it sounds. It takes patience and effort for your child to eat vegetables willingly. The following ways can help you in the process to ensure your little one enjoys eating vegetables.

 

1. Get a little Creative in the Preparation process

If you have ever tried biting off a spinach leaf, you know it does not have the most appealing taste. Your little one will therefore not enjoy that plain spinach salad. How about spicing things up in the kitchen by adding some of their favorite flavors? You can do this by adding fruits, making purees, adding spices, and blending in the colors.

2. Serve Veggies as Snacks

Your kid may take time to love vegetables as snacks, especially if they are used to having fast foods. Start by packing more vegetables as snacks and soon they will enjoy having them. For example, you can serve carrot or cucumber sticks with dips such as guacamole or nut butter as snacks.

3. Involve Your Kids in the Shopping And Preparation Process

One of the ways your kids will love vegetables is by having them around as you shop, cook and serve. Take them shopping to the farmers’ market and let them choose the vegetables they like. Let them help in the preparation process and teach them the different ways to cook vegetables. They will most definitely want to taste which at the start is a win for you.

4. Have Fun With Vegetables

Kids are crafty, and anything that is out of the ordinary will certainly please them. When cooking and serving, let the kids get creative with various types of vegetables to create what they love. They can go as far as trying to make ‘spider-man’ using carrot sticks, sliced tomatoes, etc.

 

5. Sneak The Greens Into The Smoothies

That buttery smoothie that your kiddo loves can be a great way to sneak in some greens. Add a leaf or two to incorporate vegetables in their favorite smoothies. With the appealing taste from fruits, nuts and dairy your little one will hardly notice the bitter taste of kale.

 

6. Add Vegetables Into Their Favorite Meals

If your child enjoys pizza or pies, it is time you got a little more creative. Shred some spinach or kale and stuff them in their favorite pie. With the relatable taste of the usual ingredients, the kid will not mind the additional vegetables. With a crazy love for meat, one-pot meat meals with vegetables will make the process easier. It all boils down to what you include and how creative you make it.

 

7. Be Consistent

Every habit takes time to develop and sustain. If you want your kids to love vegetables, then you have to introduce them consistently. Ensure every meal has at least one type of vegetables. This will help kids understand that vegetables are part of the diet and whether or not they like them, they will always be there. With time, your kids will start enjoying them.

8. Lead by Example

Most of your child’s habits are learned from the environment around. They copy and learn what they see other people around them doing. In this case, eating vegetables in your child’s presence can encourage them to love them too. It might take time, but they get the assurance that vegetables are nice to eat.

9. Reward Your Child With Every Success

Switching up habits and getting your little one to love vegetables is a tough task. The best way to sustain their love for veggies is by rewarding them each time they clear their bowl. You can do this by allowing a favorite treat every time they eat vegetables. They will enjoy eating more vegetables knowing there is a reward every time they clear their plate.

Bottom Line

As a parent, you do not have to feel as a failure if your child hates vegetables. Like any other habit, it takes time and effort to develop. But, with the right strategies, you can help improve your child’s love for veggies. The above tricks are easy and practical to implement and soon your little one will be asking for more vegetables on their plate.