If given the option, I bet 9 times out of 10 most chidren would rather eat a lollipop and chocolate vs fuits and vegetables. Children aren’t born knowing that candy is bad for them, it just down right tastes better. As parents, it is our job to make sure that our children are eating well balanced meals and a healthy variety of all the different food groups. It’s not new information that lots of kids are picky when it comes to eating fruits and veggies and some just down right refuse to eat them at all. Today I wanted to share some smart and sneaky ways to help get your children to eat their fruits and vegetables.
If your child isn’t into fruits and vegetables, hide them. Hide them in quesadillas. Hide them in a homemade pot pie. Hide them in a casserole or hide them in a soup. Do what you gotta do.
-Talk it up.
I’ve noticed that the way I phrase things really makes a difference in if my son will eat that thing or not. Right now he’s obsessed with pirates. If I tell him Captain Hook likes peas, the kid will eat his peas. Watch how you say things, and talk those fruits and vegetables up.
-Set a good example.
Eat more fruits and vegetables yourself. Chances are, if your child sees how much you’re enjoying these healthy foods, they will start to enjoy them, too.
-Find their favorites.
Not everyone likes every kind of fruit and every kind of vegetable. I know I don’t. We all have our favorites and then the ones we hate. If your child really hates one, keep offering new fruits and vegetables until you find their favorites.
Smoothies, juices, and shakes are all the rage these days and for good reason. They provide an excellent amount of nutrients and they taste delicious. Smoothies are fun and kids love them. If you’ve got a picky eater, blend up their food and try serving it that way.
-Get them in the kitchen with you.
If you get your child in the kitchen with you to help prepare their meal, they may like eating the things they make more. Give it a shot.
-It’s all in the presentation.
Try making the fruits and vegetables look more appealing. Present them on a fun plate, cut them a different way, season them.
If you’ve got a really picky eater on your hands, be extra sneaky and grate vegetables on top of their soup or inside of their quesadillas. They won’t even realize they are there.
-Give them options.
Instead of saying- “Do you want peas?” Ask them, “Do you want peas OR carrots?” Sometimes all it takes is giving your child an option and letting them feel like they are in charge.
-Serve them frozen.
This may sound weird, but I’ve tried and tested it and it works. My son often times will ask for frozen corn or frozen strawberries out of the freezer. They are new and different and I had never served them to him before because, umm, they were frozen! But he wanted them and who was I to turn down a child politely asking for fruits and vegetables? For some reason, this worked and I’ve heard it works for lots of people.
If you don’t manage to get your child to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies one day, don’t beat yourself up. It happens to all of us. Just try again tomorrow. On those days that didn’t work out so great, you can always give them Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts. The greatest thing about Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts is that they contain real apples, cranberries, oranges, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchinis and green beans. Those fruits and veggies are dehydrated and blended with Vitamin C and other ingredients to be an added bonus to your child’s healthy diet. It’s not a substitute but a supplement to give your child the antioxidant power of three servings of fruits and vegetables. Voots® can be found in Target and Walgreens nationwide and on Amazon.com.
Do you have a picky eater on your hands who refuses fruits and vegetables? What’s a great sneaky way you’ve gotten your children to eat healthy foods? Leave us a comment and let us know!
*Please note that our founder, Hollie Schultz, is a paid spokesperson for Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts.