Even adults struggle to eat a balanced diet, let alone two-year-olds who are extremely picky and refuse to eat anything green. When your attempts at creating a healthy dish turn meals into the most stressful time of the day, it’s time to employ some of these methods to get your children to eat their vegetables without any fuss.
Here are five creative ways to get your kids to eat their veggies
Make Veggie Popsicles
For a fun way to disguise some vegetables, blend them together and pour them into a popsicle mold. Stick them in the freezer and wait until they fully harden. A few hours later, you’ll have a creative treat that your child will be happy to eat, despite the fact that it’s made of healthy foods.
Give them a Food Pouch
For parents who don’t have time to make healthy meals from scratch, there are companies that make on-the-go healthy food pouches. These snacks are made from carrots, peas, or other vegetables, and your child will suck them through a straw, which gives them no reason to complain about strange colors or textures.
Introduce Vegetables Early in Life
Giving babies and toddlers milk or other liquids with slight vegetable flavoring early in life will help them get accustomed to the flavor. If your child is still young, it may be the time now to start getting them used to vegetables, so that they’re more likely to eat them in the future.
Enhance Veggies’ Flavor
Cooking or seasoning veggies in creative ways can make them tasty, and thus more appealing to picky eaters. Adding some salt and pepper to the food, or roasting it instead of serving it raw, will make children more willing to eat it.
Give it a Fun Name
Calling them ‘peas’ makes the tiny green spheres sound slightly unappealing even to adults. Try giving healthy foods fun names, like calling “Power Balls” instead of peas or “Dragon Trees” instead of broccoli.
Though introducing veggies into a child’s diet can be challenging, the long-term benefits are well worth it. Using these tips, you can make your child’s transition into healthy eating slightly less of a struggle.