I wish kids came preprogrammed to love their veggies. Just the other day my kid nagged me because we "alwayyyyyyyys" eat chicken, yes always. I told him if it was up to him we'd only eat pizza and his response was "you're right!" This got me thinking about our everyday diet and I became acutely aware of all the fruits and vegetables my kids don't consume. This has to change now if I want them to lead long and healthful lives later.
Here's how I've begun incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my children's lives....
- A Fruitful Fruit Bowl: I have a huge fruit bowl easily accessible to my children that's routinely stocked full of bananas, apples, pears and/or oranges. I find that just having nature's goodies in plan sight allows my children to easily reach for and often crave fruits.
- Blend It Baby: My kid recently asked if he'd ever tried Jamba Juice. I answered no then rushed out to our local Jamba with him in tow. I wanted him to see how blending up a little something full of veggies and fruit was actually delicious. He also discovered that his momma could make anything Jamba Juice made at home. Smoothies are a great way to fill the whole family up on essential fruits and veggies!
- Green Machine: I have introduced every green veggie under the sun to my kids and some have been a hit. Just today my daughter was devouring grilled zucchini. Spinach is well received as are snow peas. Needless to say we always have green veggies on hand. I do the same with other random vegetables my kids have embraced through the years such as mushrooms and mini-carrots. I'll do whatever it takes to fill them with wholesome goodness!
- DIY: Another great way to get kids to try new fruits and veggies is to develop a green thumb with them. Plant what you can in your own garden and kids will literally enjoy the fruits of their labor. Sure, not everyone can plant a garden but everyone can introduce kids to the wonders of varied vegetation. Another way to accomplish this is by touring farmers markets and having kids try all the yummy fruit and veggie samples. Kids are bound to stumble upon new and organic options they're sure to embrace for the long haul.
- Presentation, Presentation, Presentation: This is the best recommendation I've got. Kids will eat anything that looks pretty, at least this is the case in my home. Since the advent of pinterest.com this task is so much easier. I recently made fruit-filled sugar cones for a family gathering and they were all devoured by the children in attendance.
How do you get kids to eat more fruits and veggies?