Introducing New Vegetables to Your Kids
Is dinner with your kids a daily struggle? Have they mastered the art of protesting their veggies? The phrase, “I don’t like that,” has exited the mouth of just about every toddler who’s walked the planet, so you’re not alone. If you want to get beyond carrots and broccoli though and expand your children’s vegetable palates, here are some simple tips for getting them to try new veggies.
1. Introduce A Variety of Vegetables At A Young Age
It’s obvious, but it has to be said. Don’t wait until your kids have entered elementary school to get them to try new foods. As soon as you can, start offering a variety of veggies. I know, I know… maybe you did this and are still struggling. Keep reading!
2. Don’t Give Up
Sometimes kids have to try something a few times before they have a taste for it. If you’ve served something once and they protested, try again. And again. They may just end up surprising you – and themselves.
3. Try New Version Of Old Favorites
For example, if your kids loves carrots, switch it up with some rainbow carrots. Perhaps they like potatoes? Switch up the variety. There will be a sense of safe familiarity that kids will appreciate, but you’ll also be opening up the door to try new things.
4. Serve New Veggies With Familiar Veggies
You don’t want to serve a plate full of a bunch of new things all at once – that can be overwhelming for kids. Instead, make sure to serve a new vegetable with one that you already know they love. On that note…
5. Only Introduce One New Veggie Per Meal
Again, too many new options could be overwhelming, and you want to set up a scenario for success, not failure.
6. Include Kids In Grocery Shopping & Preparation Of Food
I know it takes about five times as long to do this, but kids will generally feel more invested in trying new things if they’ve taken part in the process. Have them help you pick out the vegetables at the supermarket, and bring them along to help cook dinner. Not only will they be more inclined to try something they had a hand in preparing, but you’ll also be arming them with real life skills that they’ll need as adults.
7. Cover It In Sauce
Need I say more? Sauce is often the most delicious part of food and adds so much flavor to vegetables.
8. When All Else Fails, HIDE THE VEGGIES
Kids can’t complain about something if they don’t realize they’re eating it, right? Listen parents – we gotta do what we gotta do to get those veggies in our kids! It’s so easy to sneak extra veggies into things like pasta sauce and soup. A little pop in the blender, and they’ll never know the difference.
Check out this episode of The $10 Feast on GuruHub to see some of these tips in action!
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