Seven simple tips to get even the pickiest eater in your family to eat more veggies!
As a busy mom of two little boys, I know how hard it can be to get kids to eat their veggies!
While my oldest had admittedly always been a healthy eater (he takes after his mama), my youngest is more interested in pizza and candy than broccoli and spinach.
As a result, over the last seven years of being a mother I’ve accumulated several tried and true tips for getting my kids to eat more veggies that I can’t wait to share with all of you today.
Tip #1: My first tip is to ease them in with products they already know and love. Case in point? Stonyfield organic yogurt pouches!
My boys already LOVE Stonyfield yogurt so I knew they would be just as excited to try the NEW Whole Milk Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Yogurt Pouch and Whole Milk Blueberry Apple Carrot Yogurt Pouch.
In fact, they even have new Strawberry Beet Berry tubes that are perfect for freezing then stashing in school lunches. (They defrost in time for lunch!)
Tip #2: Show them where produce come from! Whether it’s a visit to a local farm or a stop at your nearby farmers market, nothing is more important that letting kids touch, feel, smell and see where fruits and veggies come from.
Tip #3: Try recipes from around the world! My boys love Mexican, Lebanese and Asian food which is often way healthier and veggie-forward than typical American kids food. Instead of just steaming a veggie side dish just to get it on the plate, cuisine from around typically takes a more thoughtful approach adding high-flavor ingredients like garlic, ginger or sesame oil to really make kids love veggies.
Tip #4: Lead by example! I can’t tell you how many parents I know say their kids “don’t like kale” or “won’t eat cauliflower” but when I dig a little deeper I discover the parents don’t eat those veggies either. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, kids are sponges and are watching your every step. Plus let’s be real, don’t kids always want to eat whatever is on your plate?
Tip #5: Take them out to eat! Dining out in restaurants is a great way to expose little ones to veggies that don’t usually land on your dinner table at home. Whether it’s Chinese broccoli with hoisin at a dim sum restaurant or shredded cabbage on top of soup in a Mexican restaurant, dining out is a great way to expose little ones to new foods.
Tip #6: Cook with your kids! If I want my kids to eat more veggies, one of the best and easiest things I can do is involve them in the cooking process. Whether it’s grating cheese, mashing bananas or cracking eggs, kids love to be near their parents so if you’re in the kitchen, bring them along!
Tip #7: Let them shop with you! By bringing my little ones with me to the grocery store, they can pick out their favorite veggies and other healthy snacks such as Stonyfield’s new veggie yogurt pouches. Kids want to feel independent so letting them pick out THEIR favorite flavor just means they will be that much more likely to eat the healthy veggie-filled snack you’re buying them!
What are your best tips for getting kids to eat more veggies? I’d love to hear from you!
Disclosure: I am proud to be a Brand Ambassador for Stonyfield. All thoughts are my own. Photography by Alejandro Photography. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible.
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