5 Tips to Get Your Child Eating More Veggies13 Jan 2020
Do you find yourself having to play a game of hide and seek when preparing meals for your child – hiding spinach in smoothies, mushrooms in pasta sauce and packing zucchini into frittata? While this strategy can be helpful to get more veggies into your child’s diet in the short term, this won’t change their food behaviours and can lead to challenges around food choices in the longer term. Alex and Anna from The Biting Truth share their top 5 tips to get your child eating more veggies.
1. Don’t treat veggies as the enemy
Comments like ‘you have to eat your brussel sprouts before you get any dessert’ send a message to children that vegetables are not something to be enjoyed. Try to create positive mealtime environments and avoid any negative connotations around vegetables. This can have profound effects on their future eating habits and food choices!
2. Get children involved
The more familiar children are with vegetables, the more likely they are to eat them. Take your child grocery shopping and encourage them to choose a veggie or two to buy and try each week. Get them involved in the kitchen by doing age appropriate tasks such as washing the vegetables or peeling and cutting using child friendly utensils.
3. Take advantage of snack times
Veggies aren’t only great for main meals, they are also a versatile snack option and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Find inspiration from some of our favourite veggie-based snacks here:
4. Lead by example
If you don’t eat vegetables yourself, how can you expect your child to eat them? Children learn by example, so it is essential to reflect on your own diet and eat as many different vegetables as possible. Aim to fill at least half of your plate with veggies at every meal!
5. Serve one new vegetable at a time
Be careful not to bombard your child with too many new vegetables at once, as this method will likely result in them not wanting to try anything at all. Rather, try offering one new vegetable at a time alongside a familiar food that you know they enjoy.
Our Oac seasonal menu is nutritious and delicious and your child is sure to be enjoying veggie packed meals and snacks when they are in our care. If your child tends to be a fussy eater at home, why not speak with your Campus Director to understand what they are eating at Oac? We have plenty of recipes that you can try at home.