Children need to eat foods that derive from the well known food pyramid which is built on the five major food groups and vegetables are a very important block in that pyramid. Children must eat vegetables for their body’s sake and if you know a few ways to get them into your kids without them making a big deal about it then you will have won a battle in getting your kids to eat healthy.
- Add seasoning to your vegetables and taste them please. I have been fortunate enough to have been invited in the past to many family dinners, but the flavor or better said lack of flavor always left me not wanting to clean my plate and ending up having to eat another meal when I got home. Most people just think that adding some raw vegetables to a boiling pot of unseasoned water and cooking them for the allowed time and eating them is all there is to it. WRONG. In this day and age of easy to get information and Google where you can find information on how to build or do just about anything that one can imagine it is very easy to look for simple recipes for cooking vegetables. There is a crazy amount of seasonings and vegetables in the markets today so they’re really is no excuse not to season your veggies. When cooking veggies, let’s say broccoli for example one would want to season a pot of water with some a strong dash of sea salt, maybe some chunks of onion and or bulb of garlic, or perhaps some white wine with a few bay leafs etc. this does not sound so hard and the consequences would be that your guest and kids would reap the good and delicious flavors from these simple ingredients and actually eat all their vegetables. You would not believe how many times that children have told me that the reason that they did not eat their veggies was because they had no flavor.
- Take your kids shopping. If a child is involved in his diet choices he will be most likely to eat his veggies because they will have more. The human body has been designed to choose foods that it needs based of the colors of the fruit or vegetable so always keep this in mind when your child is standing in front of the vegetable counter and trying to decide on what veggies to get for herself. The colors of the vegetables are not only there to help you choose but they also contain compounds called phytochemicals that give vegetables their distinct aroma and color and as we all know phytochemicals are produced naturally by the vegetables when growing not only to protect themselves but to also help us protect ourselves from disease.
- Have your kid help out in the food preparation of your meals. After getting back from the grocery store have your kid help out in the kitchen by peeling or slicing and dicing depending on their age and cooking skills. Please use caution when handing a knife to a child and try to never turn your back on them, lest they slice their fingers. Some kids may be good at slicing, some at chucking corn or green beans others at cleaning so take some time to find out where your kid excels at the most in the kitchen and have them help out there. Remember that children are most likely to eat food that they have been involved in preparing. You can also take the time that you guys have together in the kitchen to brief your kids on the nutritional value of the vegetables being used and how and why they are so good for us.
You can be assure that your kids will be more willing to eat their veggies from the moment you begin to apply these three simple tips and the best part is that they will be the healthier and have a more positive attitude towards vegetables.