Getting kids excited about vegetables is a challenging task. As the Chief Veggie Head in my family, I have lots of experience “pushing” vegetables on my children. I have found it to be the most effortless when kids are engaged and having fun. Your kids will love veggies and eat them too with these fun ideas to interact with their produce! Below are some of my favorite ways to get kids excited about their vegetables – and eat them too!
What kid isn’t game to try a chip? Homemade vegetable chips are easy and inexpensive to make. Added bonus, they make a healthy snack alternative to the fried potato version. Try thinly slicing carrots, sweet potato, zucchini (or any other veggie that strikes your fancy. Kale also makes a great chip (Click here for my recipe.) Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 – 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes until light and crisp.
Everything is tastier with dip! Let your kids be the masters of their own veggies by placing out a few dipping alternatives. Need some help? Try hummus, salsa, or one of these great recipes from my Pinterest Dips and Spreads board.
Grow a garden
Making kids a part of the “farm to table” process is a sure way to breed a vegetable lover. Take the kids with you to the nursery and let them select the vegetables they want to grow. Care for and monitor the progress of your garden together. Mark milestones together and ask your child what she would like to do with the vegetable once it is ready to eat. Look for recipes together that could utilize your fresh produce.
Buy a CSA box
One of my favorite things about a CSA produce box is that you never know what you are going to get. I love surprises! Allow your child to get in on the delight of the anticipation by opening the box together and pondering aloud what you will make.
Visit a farmer’s market
My kids get giddy when I take them to our local farmer’s market. They love picking out fresh fruits and vegetables to eat, especially different varieties they have never heard of before. They are more daring and adventurous in their choices when they see it at the farmer’s market.
Cook something from scratch
Keep it simple, such as a salad dressing that they can drizzle over their veggies. This vinaigrette is an easy one for kids to make, and gets them excited about trying it over fresh vegetables.
Chop Chop magazine is a wonderful cooking magazine for children. The recipes and activities inspire kids to get in the kitchen, while introducing them to new ingredients and flavors.
Try a subscription box
Raddish is a fabulous. subscription service that gets you and your kids cooking together each month with family friendly recipes and activities. Check out “Meet Kitchen Kid Founder and Culinary Coach, Samantha Barnes” to learn more about the product and its founder.
When it comes to vegetables, make it fun! Let me know how these strategies work for you!