If you have one of those magical kids that eats every green vegetable you put in front of them, we salute you! We're also a little jealous of the time and energy you save by not fighting with your toddlers over eating veggies. For a lot of parents, it's a constant struggle! Even if their toddler starts out liking broccoli or green beans, that can change in the blink of an eye (often from one meal to the next). But, we all know and understand how important it is for our growing kiddos to get their greens in. If you're struggling to get your toddler to eat vegetables, you may want to try one of these tricks.
Make veggies fun!
It's a well-known fact that kids can't resist food made to look like other stuff. Like these adorable carrot lions, how amazing are they?! Now, this does require a bit of creativity on your part. But turning boring old veggies into little works of art is sure to win over even the pickiest toddler. You don't even have to do the work yourself; let your kids play with their food and come up with their own creations. They won't be able to resist!
Let Your Toddler Pick Out the Veggie They'll Eat
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Toddlers can be such headstrong little things, right? Once you tell them to do something, and don't ask for their input, you're just begging for a stubborn refusal. Give your little one three or four choices (say, carrots, broccoli, or tomatoes), and let them decide which one they want on their plate. The only rule is, they have to pick at least one.
If You Grow It, They Will Eat It!
Seeing where their food comes from can help kids expand their palates, and plant a seed of veggie love! Get them involved in the garden from the beginning: readying the soil, planting the seeds, watering your growing bounty, and finally harvesting all the goodies. We've seen kid eat peas and tomatoes plucked right from the vines! If you don't have room for your own garden, make it a point to visit a local one, and let your kids explore and learn where their food comes from. Plus, homegrown vegetables really do taste better.
When All Else Fails, Hide Them
BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC ‘N CHEESE 🧀 This is a great way to sneak some veggies into your kids diet. The butternut squash makes a delicious but really healthy sauce that’s perfect on pasta! . 🍝INGREDIENTS * 1 medium butternut squash * 200g / 2 cups macaroni or conchigliette pasta * 200ml / 7oz whole milk * 100g / 1 cup grated cheddar cheese * 1 tbsp butter * salt and pepper to taste . 🍝INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 200c / 390f. 2. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds and place the two halves of squash flesh side up on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the squash is soft and has fully cooked through. 3. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package instructions. 4. Once the squash has cooked, spoon out the flesh straight into a blender or food processor. Add the milk, cheese and butter and blitz until all the ingredients have combined to a sauce consistency. If it seems too thick then add a little extra milk. Season with salt and pepper if you wish. 5. Drain the pasta and mix it with the butternut squash sauce. 6. Serve immediately.
Listen, sometimes you need a little subterfuge! You can hide veggies in pretty much anything, even desserts. By pureeing or finely chopping things like carrots, butternut squash, broccoli, and spinach, you can make sure your kids are getting all the nutrition they need when they chow down on spaghetti or mac and cheese. There's really nothing you can't hide a vegetable or two in, so get creative! But even if they're eating the hidden veggies without a problem, make sure to still offer them in other preparations at every meal. You can never eat too many vegetables, after all.
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