How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables?
Eating vegetables is important, are an important source of vitamins and minerals. But they are not very appetizing and interesting to many especially children.
There’s no one way to get your kids to eat more veggies, but here are tips straight from moms.
As a stuffing
Vegetables could be part of stuffing in casseroles. Vegetables like carrots, tomatoes and peppers could be added to chili, lasagna, or spaghetti sauce. When the vegetables are mixed with other ingredients they are much more interesting to eat rather than in plain form. Also, the kids may not realize that their presence.
Same appearance but different vegetable
Parents could try changing the vegetables in the child’s favorite food and make it fun to eat it. Like, French fries could be made of sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and thereby give more vitamins than calories to the little one.
Vegetables can be pureed and added to food. This way the nutrition is passed on to the food but the kids would not have to bite it nor will they know of its existence in the food. Vegetables like squash, carrots and cauliflowers could be pureed and added to soups.
Grated vegetables to be added to be meatballs, muffins and meatloaf.
Where ever possible parents could make cakes out of vegetables like carrot cake etc.
Many parents try to substitute vitamins tonics for vegetables. These can never take the place of the actual ones. Also, if they are not administered in right quantity they may prove dangerous. Instead the vegetables could be substituted by fruits which have the same nutrients or more. For example, apricots and peaches are rich source of vitamin A than carrots and greens. It may be far easier to get the kids to eat fruits as compared to the vegetables.