We all know that eating vegetable is important, however, most children are not getting the recommended amount of veggies in their everyday meal. Although convincing a child to eat this important part of a balanced diet is one of the toughest and time-consuming things to do, but it is not impossible.
Succeeding at introducing veggies to your kids require consistency and patience. They key to this challenging task is to start early, stick with it and expose different kinds of green and leafy veggies to your kids. There are many creative ways to do so.
Follow these four tips to make your kids love veggies:
Get the Kids Involved
Get them involved by bringing them to the grocery store and let them pick a new vegetable. If you have your own-farm, allow your child to be involved in the whole farming process from watering to harvesting. You can also have them in your kitchen, let them wash and peel the veggies with your help, teach them how to chop and cook them. These activities can give your children a sense of ownership and feeling of accomplishment that will give them a positive view of veggies.
Prepare veggies in a different way
Cooked green peas may be mushy, so serve them fresh instead. Cooked broccoli may taste too strong. You can try to bake or roast them to get the flavor and texture that your children may like it better. Roasting veggies bring out the natural sweetness and lessen the intensity of their flavors. You can also sprinkle some cheese before you bake the veggies.
Arrange food in patterns on the plate
Adults prefer foods clumped near each other in the center of the plate, but children like their food separated into piles around the plate. They even have different taste buds than adults. Children love it when their food is designed into different patterns on their plate (especially heart or star shape). This is another way to make food fun in order to encourage your kids to eat veggie.
Be a good role model
Your child’s eating behavior is the eating patterns of yours. Kids learn from their parents, so eat the way you want them to eat. Be a good example by loading up your plate with different vegetables.
Don’t ever give up trying to introduce veggies to your kids! Persistence is the key. Continue to expose your kids to different vegetables through food play, cooking, and creating new recipes together. Learn more tips about how to make your kids love veggies by clicking https://abbottnutrition.com.my/child-development/introduce-veggies!