Most of my boys are good about eating their veggies, but my youngest is picky as picky can be. Granted, we have gotten him to the place where he will try most food, but even after trying it he will still sometimes reject it. Over the years of raising four boys, I have gathered a few tactics that I use to get more veggies on their plates and into their mouths because instilling good eating habits in them while they are young is important to me.
1. Hide Vegetables in a Sauce
If you serve a red sauce over noodles, kids generally think “spaghetti” and are instantly more comfortable with the dish. The meal doesn’t have to be spaghetti though. Take the photo of the Mexican Chili Chicken over Noodles that is above, that sauce has tomatoes, peppers, onions and green chilis, and even my pickiest eater gobbled it up. Why? Because it looked like something he was used too, and the vegetables weren’t big glaring lumps on a plate.
2. Incorporate Their Favorite Foods
There are some foods that kids are inherently more drawn to than others. That is a great tool to use when trying to get them to eat more veggies. Taking one of their favorite foods and adding vegetables to it, can help them take that extra leap towards giving them a try. Take the delicious Buffalo Chicken Vegetable Pizza recipe pictured above that can be found on the Birds Eye website.
3. Let Them Cook
Whether you have boys or girls, they have probably shown some interest in getting into the kitchen and cooking. My 14 year old is really big on getting to cook whenever he can, but even much younger children can put simple dishes together. Have them help decorate a pizza or make a salad of their own, they are much more likely to eat it if they helped make it.
4. Start Small
If you try to go from serving your child no vegetables to a huge plate full, chances are, things aren’t going to go over so well. Start with small changes. For instance, the Mexican Meatballs are like any other meatballs your child would eat, but they have the addition of a bag of Birds Eye Frozen Corn. This small change helps to add some vegetables to your child’s plate in a familiar way that won’t scare them off.
Did you know that according to the State of the Plate report, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get enough vegetables in their diet? That is insane, and I know that I am guilty of not getting enough myself. Birds Eye has partnered with Melissa d’Arabian celebrity chef, and mom of four, to help make a difference by giving moms a solution to the dinnertime dilemna. Pick up even more tips for getting more veggies in your meals with Melissa’s video below.
As a mom, I love using Birds Eye vegetables, because they are so easy to cook and prepare. I can also dumb them in my freezer to crockpot meals for easy freezing without the hassle of cutting, chopping and pre-cooking. Birds Eye provides moms with over 40 vegetable blends all year long at affordable prices. If you want some more ideas on how you can fit vegetables into your daily meals, or some delicious and healthy recipes, just visit the Birds Eye site.
How do you get your children to eat more veggies?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.