Wednesday, September 11, 2013

8 Tips To Get Your Kids To Eat Veggies!

Why do they make it so difficult? 

No, you may not have buttered noodles for dinner...for the 4th time this week.
A spoonful of mayo? Choose again.  (True story...I knew a kid who loved mouthfuls of plain mayo...gross)

Just eat your vegetables. Please. Do it for both of us. Take one for the team. Don't make me sit on you and shovel these down your throat.

For those of you with a veggie-hater, here are some tips to make mealtime a little less annoying.

1) Let them grow their own mini garden. So many lessons wrapped into this one.

2) Let them help you cook.  They will feel proud and want to taste what they have created.

3) A little dip never hurt. Hummus? Homemade Ranch? Here is a recipe for a quick and easy homemade ranch dip made with Greek Yogurt:

  • ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp dill, or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
4) Make eating into a game. For example - how many peas can you eat before I count to 10?

5) Explain why veggies and fruits are good for our bodies and sugar and junk food is bad. They'll take it to heart more than you think.

6) Old fashioned bribery. You want to watch a show? Eat some baby carrots.

7) Make a green smoothie for dessert. Made with the right ingredients, green smoothies actually taste delicious. Find a quick and easy recipe here

8) Homemade veggie chips. As easy as one, two, three...really.

Any other tips that have worked in your house?

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