Getting Kids To Eat Vegetables
It can be hard to getting kids to eat vegetables alone, never mind the recommended 1/3 of a plate of vegies or salad each day. Here are some kids nutrition tips to help:
- Be a role model – kids are more likely to develop a habit of eating vegetables if they see it’s a normal part of family meals.
- Persevere – some studies suggest that a child may need to try a food 8-15 times before it’s accepted, as they go through phases. Try encouraging rather than demanding. It’s best to give younger children smaller amounts, like a couple of slices of carrot or a teaspoon of peas.
- Include vegies in dishes – like spaghetti bolognese and soups. Easy additions include grated carrots, zucchini and pumpkin.
- Experiment – with the way you present vegies. Sometimes the size or shape can make a big difference.
- Grow your own vegies – they’re sure to taste better and getting the kids involved will add interest and ownership.