Does your child’s doctor ask if they are eating their veggies? Every time I go they ask me. I have to admit in the beginning I squirmed a little in my seat with embarrassment to tell them the truth. My oldest son did not eat veggies at all, NONE. I didn’t eat many veggies myself. I was horrible eating vegetables when I was a child and even as a young adult. (check out my story how I lost 55 LBS. HERE!)
Finally, I had to make a decision to get healthy, not only for myself but for my children. I want my children to try every veggie even if I don’t like it. I started out making cooked veggies (so they were soft).
Have you heard, try vegetables at least three different times? That is something I have always heard but instead of giving it to them the same way, I changed it up every time. Raw, baked, boiled, and steamed, there are many ways to serve vegetables. Change up to different seasonings too.
When I changed to plant-based foods I had to eat lots of different veggies. I missed sandwiches! I looked up plant-based sandwiches and tried a few until I found one I love….
Hummus, spinach, tomatoes, avocado and red onion. OMG! This is so good. I would rave to the boys how delicious this sandwich was and they ended up trying it. They loved it too. Maybe because they saw that I loved it or they were realizing veggies were pretty good. This gave me the idea to really look outside the box and find things they were going to love.
Here are some ideas that work for us
- Celery with peanut butter
- Cucumbers with cream cheese (sometimes I add ham too)
- Carrot sticks and hummus (or ranch)
- Broccoli with melted cheese (or ranch)
- Salad and avocado (I add chicken and hard-boiled eggs and of course, ranch)
- Tomatoes and onions (blend it up and make salsa with some corn chips)
- Spinach and hummus rolled up and turkey lunch meat (YUM)
- Green Beans (This might be extreme but they will only eat them off a plant)
- Yellow squash grilled with chicken (foiled wrapped with a little butter)
- Potatoes (I cut them up to look like fries and bake them)
- Zucchini (they only eat raw if spiraled) (Try adding some to spaghetti)
- Asparagus baked and the tips only
- Corn on the cob with butter
- Spinach or kale in fruit smoothies (Check out this green juice they love here)
- Peas only in rice and soy sauce
- Sweet potato cubed, baked with a little cinnamon and scrambled eggs
- Cauliflower rice
I know some of these things on my list seem crazy but it has works for us. When I make something for dinner and they don’t eat it, I use to be that “bad mom” and send them to bed hungry. I would feel really bad, so I recently decided they can pick veggies for dinner. They really like it too. I would love to hear the ways you get your children to eat their veggies, and what veggies they eat the best. Please don’t forget to share. Love ya, Mary xoxo
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