Sep 28, 2017

Seven Ways to Encourage your Children to Eat More Fruits and Veggies


 Tired of trying to make your kids eat fruits and vegetables? You feel you have tried every single trick under the sun so that your kids eat their greens and fruits without throwing a tantrum and still nothing works? 

Well, here are 7 smart ways which are sure to turn the tables in your favor! Take a look:

1. Make Sure That They Are Easily Accessible

Your kids are more likely to grab what is easily visible and accessible when they are hungry. So store away the treats and snacks which you don’t want them to eat often, in a place where the kids cannot access them easily. Instead, place fresh fruits on the kitchen countertop in a way that it is the first thing your kids see when they enter the kitchen. This way, they are more likely to grab the fruits when they are hungry.

2. Make a Colorful Smoothie

A surefire way to make your kids fall in love with fruits and veggies is a smoothie – delicious and chock-full of goodness. You can choose almond milk or Greek yogurt for a healthy base and add any veggies and/or fruits to it. Spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, mint, berries, banana, mango – the options are plenty and the combinations are infinite. Start with what your kids like the most. An important thing to keep here in mind is how you store these smoothies. To keep the nutrition and goodness of all the fruits and vegetables intact till your child consumes these smoothies, it is best to store them in a vacuum sealed smoothie bottle. The vacuum will ensure that the fruits and veggies don’t oxidize and lose their nutrients and your kids are free to enjoy it even hours later you prepare them.

3. Involve Them in Meal Prep

Children are more likely to accept new fruits and vegetables in their meal if they feel involved in the meal preparation. Take them to a farmer’s market and ask them to pick fruits and vegetables of their choice. Let them help you with basic tasks of a meal preparation and then watch them enjoy their meal which is loaded with fruits and veggies of their choice.
                                                                                                             

4. Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Who said vegetables and fruits have to be boring. You only need to get innovative with the recipes. Kids never say no to a pizza. So how about replacing the usual unhealthy pizza base with a cauliflower base? Top it with homemade pizza sauce, colorful veggies and their favorite cheese. It tastes amazing and you don’t have to worry about your kids binging on something unhealthy. Another yummy option is to switch their usual chips and dips platter with colorful fruit and veggie sticks with delicious dips. Kids love colors on their plate so you can add carrots, cucumber, celery and even beetroot sticks to this platter and watch them relish this healthy snack!

5. Mix and Match with Desserts

You are just a search away from mouthwatering desserts made from veggies and fresh fruits. Yes! How about a chocolate avocado mousse or a carrot cake or a fruit and yogurt parfait? Dessert is a smart way to make your kids eat nutritious veggies and fruits. All you need is to look up such recipes on the internet and put your chef’s cap on!

6. Be a Positive Role Model

You are your children’s first role model. So if fruits and veggies are not a part of diet, you will have a hard time convincing your children to eat them. Switch your traditional snacks with fruits or roasted veggies. Give both fruits and veggies first preference in your meals and don’t add them as an afterthought. Your kids will most definitely want to eat what you are eating and will gradually learn to enjoy them.

7. Be Tactful About how You Present Them

Often parents unknowingly turn their kids against fruits and vegetable. ‘Eat this because it’s healthier than chips’, ‘eat your greens because I say so’ – such statements will only add to your child’s dislike towards veggies and fruits. Instead try some encouraging words. Saying things like ‘this is more filling’ or ‘you should really give this a try’ do not pressurize the kids and they become more open to trying all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

You will be surprised how well your children adopt to the wholesome goodness of fruits and vegetables, if you approach the subject with right attitude. So try these 7 smart tips and watch your kids fall in love with nature’s goodies - fruits and vegetables.


Author Bio:
Nora White is the digital marketing manager for SANS. She has been an advocate of a healthy lifestyle for over 2 decades and loves to keep herself updated with the latest in clean eating and green living. When not at work, you can find her at a hot yoga class or writing to educate and help her readers come one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband and two boys, and hike with friends.


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