Is it difficult getting your kids to eat veggies and fruits? Try these tips to make trying new veggies fun:
1) Menu for the week includes everyone’s favorite vegetables -– Every Sunday I ask each member of our little family what their favorite vegetable for the week is. The rule is that whatever each one of us says, a dish using that vegetable will be made during the week and everyone has to eat it. No exceptions! This has forced us to eat and try new vegetables. We have been doing this for the last 3 weeks and I am so happy that my 3.5 year old is now actually eating broccoli, asparagus etc… something that she never ate before and she loves it.
2) Eat the Colors. I add different colored vegetables and fruits along with lentils and grains to the dinner plate and we make a game out of it by calling out the colors of the fruits and veggies. So if we have carrots – it will be – “let’s eat orange now..”. It is fun. It keeps you guessing what color the “game host’ will pick next.
3) Reward your child. Bribery is okay but bribing with dessert is bad as that sends a wrong message to kids, that if I eat veggies I will get dessert. I do believe in rewarding for good behavior as that puts positive reinforcement into practice and shows kids that there are benefits to doing good things beyond making Mummy/Daddy happy. So, during the holiday season, when Pillow Pets were the latest craze, my 3.5 year old kept asking me to get it for her. So I made a deal with her – she will get the Pillow Pet, but in order to sleep on it at night she will need to eat an acceptable quantity and acceptable variety of food items during the day. There were days initially when she lost her pillow pet for the night, but as time went on she knew she had to eat to sleep on it and so she did. She even got a 2nd Pillow Pet.