As a vegan mom, you’d think I’d have the poster children for kids who eat their veggies. I dream of idyllic family dinners where I lovingly spoon mounds of vegetables onto my kids’ plates while they beam back at me with glorious thank-you’s and gulp down each bite in delight. Yeah, not so much. I wish it were that easy. Like most kids, they have their favorite vegetables, and they have a list of veggies they refuse to try.
To curb the dinner vegetable battle, I have a few strategies to get my kids to eat their veggies, no matter what list they are on. I really hate being a nag, especially when it comes to food, so my major strategy is to make it fun. In my lastest vlog, I share three ways I get my kids to each their vegetables. Click below to watch the video (or click here), and then come back here for a recap and some suggested recipes.
3 Ways I Get My Kids To Eat Their Veggies
1. Make it interactive
I love to serve noodle bowls, vegan bowls, tacos, wraps, and salads for family meals because the kids can make their own meal, customized to their liking. Wraps can include anything from pita pockets to sushi rolls. Kids can choose what to put in and as long as you have a variety of options, they are bound to choose a couple of veggies.
Try one of these “interactive” meals:
2. Pick 2 rule
When I serve a meal, I tell my kids they have to pick 2 veggies – 1 new and 1 they like. This gets them out of their rut to choose the same vegetable every meal (I swear my kids are going to turn into carrots and cucumbers!). It also introduces them to something new and they sometimes surprise themselves with liking it. Even if it is not their favorite, they are getting the experience of broadening their horizons and learning to politely try and decline things.
3. Get them cooking
I find when I have my kids help me prepare the meal, they are more inclined to try it, even if it has an ingredient they are not sure about. Whisking salad dressing, chopping vegetables, washing produce, and measuring ingredients are all great ways to get children involved in cooking the meal.