Some adults don’t even like eating their veggies, so how will you get your child to eat fruits and vegetables?
I have no trouble feeding my one-year old. She practically eats anything on the table. My eight-year old, however, is another story. Because she has tasted hotdogs, chicken nuggets, and chocolates, getting her to eat her veggies is a challenge. I have tried begging and playing “good cop, bad cop”. I have tried scaring her and telling her tales of “what happens to children who didn’t eat their veggies”. I have tried reminding her that I am the boss around here and she should eat her veggies “because I said so!” All with little or no success.
If your child is a picky eater like mine, don’t be disheartened just yet. I did find some ways get my child to eat fruits and vegetables. The key is to make it fun!
Tips to Get Your Child to Eat Fruits and Vegetables
- Get them involved in preparing meals. Children like to eat food they make. You can also talk about healthy foods while you cook.
- Get creative. You can cut fruits and vegetables in different shapes and arrange them in patterns.
- Offer food in a variety of colors.
- Use dips. It’s okay to add additional flavors to make your vegetables more appealing to children. You can use cheese, or mayo, or something your child is familiar with. I sometimes indulge my kid (only with my eight-year old) with fruits dipped in chocolate. Peanut butter is great with fruits, too. Children can handle a few extra calories.
- Experiment with different recipes. Add fruits in their cereal or oatmeal, or add some in their pancakes. Or try these Easy Vegan Pizza Recipes or these Vegetarian Taco Recipes.
- Reward you child. You can give stickers whenever he/she eats and finishes his/her fruit or veggie. This can create positive food experiences and it will make it easier for them to try the food.