Sunday, 25 June 2017

5 Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Most parents will have to deal with picky eaters, children who will flat out refuse to eat certain foods or even entire food groups! As a parent, you want to provide your children with optimum nutrition and make sure that they are eating a balanced, healthy diet. It can, therefore, be incredibly frustrating and costly when your children simply refuse to eat their vegetables.

As well as being draining, spending hours trying to convince your child to eat a piece of broccoli is time consuming which understandably leads many people to simply give up. As a parent, there are many other things that you will have to think of which can make you feel that you always have to juggle your responsibilities. Take a look at these great home and family tips from Tesco and see if they can help make your life a little easier! 

There are several solutions to this particular problem, however, and several tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that your children are getting in their five a day.

Set an example

This means sitting with them and eating the same food (or a very similar dish) as them. When they see that you are eating the food and enjoying it, they will be more likely to want to eat it as well. Surround your children with fresh fruit and vegetables that they can choose to snack on. Exposing them to an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies will mean that they are more likely to ask for a healthy snack if they can see it.

Make your food fun

While many of us were raised being told not to play with our food, there is now much more awareness regarding the benefits of food play. Yes, it can get messy, but exploring shape, smell and taste through food is an important way for children to discover the world around them.

Get them cooking

There are many ways that your children can get involved in the kitchen in an age-appropriate way. Peeling carrots, stirring soup, or even decorating a salad dish will allow children to feel part of the process that goes into making a meal and will get encourage them to try their creation. Consider spiralizing, or creating artistic shapes from fruits and veggies and let them have a go.

Hide their veggies

There are heaps of ways you can sneak veggies into your children's diet. One of the best ways is to blend them into smoothies and soups! You can hide so many vegetables in smoothies without your children even noticing! Try blending berries and bananas with beetroot, kale, and even lettuce into smoothies. Another excellent way to add vegetables to their diet is to make homemade sauces for pasta using tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and any other vegetable you can get away with!

Grow your own

Have a plot in your garden where you can grow potatoes, tomatoes, runner beans, courgettes as well as many other garden-friendly veggies. An excellent idea to get your kids involved is to give them the responsibility of looking after a plant which they can grow. The result is that they will see where their food comes from and have an interest in eating something that came from their hard work.

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