Guest post by Beth Martel
Making your kids eat vegetables can often be a great struggle for all parents. Vegetables are a complete source of nutrients that are inevitable for the human body. Therefore, it becomes necessary to incorporate a certain number of veggies in the daily routine of your kids. However, we are often too busy to fix the eating habits of our little ones properly. We give up too soon by giving the kids fast food that they delightfully accept. It is about time to realize that incorporating veggies in kids’ meals is not unattainable if only you do it right.
Here are some effective and common ways that will help you convince your kids for taking some veggies down their system:
Start with yourself
You can’t honestly expect your children to be serious about eating more vegetables if you don’t eat them yourself. Incorporate vegetables into your own meals so that your kids feel like doing the same, if your kids are young enough then they would still want to do as the adults do and would be far more inclined to eat more veggies.
Turn it into a game
You often hear people saying that you shouldn’t play with your food. This is not that accurate at all. In fact, turning eating into a game can make your child want to eat vegetables a lot more! You can turn carrot sticks into trees and broccoli into animals and turn your child’s meal into a jungle that they have to devour!
Don’t be too forceful
While you should definitely encourage your child to take at least one bite before they stop, if you force your kids too much they are going to start to rebel. Make them eat one bite to get them used to the taste and then let them stop eating if they want, they will come around eventually.
Use the carrot, not the stick
If you want your kids to seriously put effort into eating more vegetables, you are going to have to periodically reward them for eating veggies. Avoid punishing them because this would only end up alienating them a great deal, it would make you the bad guy and make your kids less likely to listen to you in the future. Pretty soon, your kids will make it a habit to eat vegetables on their own.
Make everything colorful
Vegetables may taste boring at first if your child is really used to meat, but making their plate as colorful as possible can help improve your child’s perception of the food they are eating and thereby make them a lot more likely to finish their veggies.
About the author
This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com.