Clever Ways To Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies

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Why is it always such a struggle to get our kids to do something as simple as eating the vegetables off their plates? As a mom, you want your kids to get a healthy head start in life, but kids are so averse to trying anything with nutritional value. So, in order to get them to actually eat the veggies, we have got to get creative. Try these tips for the picky eaters in your family:

Mix It With Their Favorites

†Once a kid decides that they like a certain food, it often ends up being the only thing they will eat. In that case, it might be a good idea to incorporate vegetables in their favorite foods. Try putting broccoli in with the mac-and-cheese; spinach can be hidden inside some ravioli. If they love peanut butter, you can put it on celery (add some raisins as well). Eventually, they might connect the vegetables with the food that they love most.

Start a Vegetable Garden With Them

†No matter where you live, whether it’s an apartment or house with a large backyard, you can find room to plant a small garden. If the kids feel involved in planting the vegetables, they may be more likely to eat them. They will feel accomplished, and the taste of success will be much sweeter than their hatred of veggies.

Get Them Involved

†If your children feel involved in their meals, they might be more willing to devour the veggies on their plate. Take them to the market and ask them to choose which vegetables they want. The power of choice will be intoxicating; you can even get them to help you cook the food in order to feel more involved.

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Choose Interesting Looking Veggies

†Sometimes, the real reason a kid is against eating vegetables is because of the aversion to the green color. Try to seek out veggies that look different from what they usually eat and dislike. Yams are extremely healthy and can easily be a replacement on a dinner plate for potatoes (assuming you’re not adding marshmallows or brown sugar to them). Squashes come in many different shapes and colors, which could hold fascination for your kids. Diversity on the dinner plate will be your friend.

Reward Your Children

†It could be a good idea to reinforce that vegetables are necessary to eat by rewarding the kids. If they eat all the veggies off their plate for a week, they could be rewarded with a trip to the zoo, park or movie theater. They will start to associate the things they love with vegetables.

Get Dipping!

If your kids don’t like vegetables, try experimenting with different dips. A majority of children particularly love hummus, salsa, guacamole and yogurt-based dressings (such as a light ranch dressing). You can even ask your kids to help you make these dips at home!

†If you can find a way to make your children see vegetables in a different light, then you can start them out on the right track. Healthy children become healthy adults, so it is important to ensure that they have the right attitude about food. Lead by example and they’ll be loving their veggies in no time.




Virginia Cunningham is a health writer for Northwest and mother of three in Southern California. Because all of her kids have different tastes, especially when it comes to eating their veggies, she is always coming up with creative ways to get them to eat what’s best for them!

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15 comments on “Clever Ways To Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies”

  1. I absolutely agree with your first point! We were at the grocery store last night and my 7 year old picked out orange cherry tomatoes. He doesn’t touch the red ones. Funny how a color can change his entire opinion on them…

  2. Great post!! I must share it! I know of too many parents that don’t feed their children vegetables. My kids like vegetables and even have their favorites in mind. When they were much younger I would puree the vegetable that they didn’t like and add it to the meals I made.

  3. I love these ideas! I’ve started a vegetable garden with my boys and they have loved watching the veggies grow! Now for the moment when we get to eat them!!!

  4. Great point about planting a garden with them. My kiddos LOVE picking veggies and strawberries from ours. Then again, Claire always picks the berries weather they’re ripe or not so our production is pretty slow lol

  5. These are great tips! My oldest is a vegan, my middle hates all veggies except carrots and my younger loves veggies, especially spinach. I’m going to have to work on my middle child’s veggies and see if I can get her to look forward to eating more of them

  6. These are some great tips you shares! My favourite is Mac n Cheese With Trees…which is KD with broccoli as you mentioned. We also made a veggie with my daughter!

  7. These are great ways to get kids interested and trying new veggies! My kids love veggies, and it definitely helps when I let them help buy, prep and even grow them. It excites them so much more 🙂 And also variety! Since hubby is Chinese, we’re always eating Asian veggies as well, and that’s helped the kids expand their taste for different foods, especially veggies 🙂

  8. my kids hate all veggies except corn on the cob, but it has to be on the cob or it doesn’t count lol I just started hiding zucchini in baked goods

  9. Great tips! As my daughter is getting older it is harder and harder to get her to eat veg. I always have to hide it in something else to get her to eat it happily!

  10. I always mix lots of veggies into meat sauce. No one seems to notice or mind that I added kale, zucchini and other healthy veggies.

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