Kids are notoriously picky eaters, and getting them to eat their veggies can be a trying task. Yet, with a little creativity and a bit of sneakiness, you can get your kids to come around to the tasty world of vegetables and have them start making the right dietary decisions from an early age. Below are some of the ways in which you might inspire your child to eat more wholesome, all-natural vegetables at mealtime.
- Blend veggies into sauces and smoothies: Kids tend to have an aversion to vegetables on sight, so you can get a little tricky by using an immersion blender to smooth out sauces that are packed with healthy vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, and onions. Smoothies are another great opportunity to add veggies into the mix, because you can easily mask the subtle flavors of carrots or squash with berries and fruit juices.
- Add vegetables to favorite dishes: Your child will probably have a hard time resisting foods like pizza, even if there are some vegetables topping it. You might put vegetable toppings under the cheese so they are well-disguised for younger kids, but older children should be able to broaden their horizons by knowingly trying some new veggies on pizza.
- Dress up your vegetables: Presenting a child with a plain dish of steamed vegetables will probably not be successful, so you should find some more exciting ways to prepare them so they are more flavorful. Try roasting or sautéing veggies so they have more appeal in texture and flavor.
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