If this continues, I'll have to be VERY creative in how I present vegetables to him in the future. Here's 10 tips I am hoping will work for me, and might be useful for you too!
- Puree veggies into stuffed shell fillings.
- Grate carrots and other veggie into meatloaf and/or meatballs.
- Combine a vegetable he won't eat with something of the same color that he will eat. Like butternut squash with carrots. If I dice them the same size and steam, it's possible they will slip in unnoticed. The carrots that is - see, you didn't even see them!
- Soups are a great place to hide veggies. Grate, puree, or dice them really small so they are incognito!
- Fruit/veggie blends are a good option. Most kids like fruits and may not mind if a few veggies are mixed in.
- Pizza! A great place to hide some finely chopped, delicately flavored veggies (steam first so they don't have a crunchy texture!).
- Drinks - Several juice companies are now making vegetable blend beverages. Like apple carrot - it's actually good!
- Let them help. For older kids who are going to be able to figure out what you're doing hiding all those veggies, try getting them to help make the meal. They might be more invested if they start just handling the vegetable.
- Your bite is your vote. I try to maintain a "no thank you portion" rule in our house. You can't say "no thank you" to a dish unless you've at least tasted a spoonful. That teaspoonful is your "no thank you portion," as in, "Will you have some more?" "No thank you, I've had some already!" Perhaps by constant exposure to certain foods, the child will come to like it. I used to HATE pickles and now I LOVE them!
- Grow it. Engage your child in the process of growing their own foods and they will probably be interested in tasting it!
Sarah Matheny, author of “Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love,” has some other great tips I didn't think of! They include:
Sounds good to me!
How do you get your children to eat their veggies?
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