I love my child from my head to-ma-toes but she wouldn’t eat vegetables – Worried Parent.
Getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. It doesn’t have to be though. Vegetables and fruits are an essential part of every child’s health and growth as they’re rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Keep in mind that getting your children to accept vegetables will depend to a large extent on how they’re prepared. You will need to put your imagination to work in order to create fun and attractive creations. It will encourage them to eat some at least.
To help you lighten the burden, here are some ways to make vegetables more attractive to children.
Be an example:
You are your child’s first and most important teacher/ role model. If they see you eating something, there’ll be no further explanation needed. If mummy eats it, then I can.
Dress the fruit up:
Sometimes dressing up fruits and vegetable in other forms can make it look attractive to the kids.
Turn them into smoothies:
Don’t run out of breath chasing him/her around the house. Toss the frozen fruit into a blender with a few other ingredients the child likes -juice, yoghurt, milk or honey. You see? Smoothies are a great way to add extra vegetables into your child’s diet.
Add vegetables into their sandwiches:
You can chop raw vegetables and add them to their sandwich meal. This strategy helps as they’ll bite the bunch at mealtime.
Take them shopping:
While walking through let them pick the fruits of their choice. Allow them to wash and store it themselves. Involving them in the process will go a long way in making them accept fruits and vegetable easily.
Make them available:
It would be helpful if you make fruits and vegetables readily available and accessible in the kitchen or fridge. This helps when there’s no food available. Then the kid will be forced to feed on something healthier. Yippe! You won.
Don’t be discouraged. If one doesn’t work, try another. Remember, you don’t need to be forceful, rather gather up all the patience you can. Over time, that child will develop a taste for fruits and vegetables.