Yes you read that right, my kids love veggies!
Of course they prefer some vegetables over others but generally they will try whatever they are given. My secret is they have always been offered vegetables and they are encouraged to at least taste what they are given. Two of my three children are toddlers and they can be extremely picky and not eat much one day and large amounts the next.
My #1 tip for getting your kids to eat vegetables is to offer a veggie (or two) with every meal!
Even if you know your little one will not touch the broccoli you made just put a small piece on their plate and encourage them to taste it. They might just surprise you one day and ask for more. Quite often children can be picky eaters but exposing them to a variety of foods and textures can help them broaden their horizons. From my experience what they like or dislike one day can be the complete opposite the next day.
Another great tip is offering a variety
At our house every meal offers variety in either the vegetable itself or in the way it is prepared. We’ve tried steaming; roasting; warming; raw and frozen veggies. My boys love frozen vegetables in their frozen state; they usually won’t eat cooked green beans but they will snack on frozen beans by the handful!
Don’t forget to model positive behaviour
From a child’s perspective, if their parents aren’t eating veggies then why should they? It is important for you as a role model to show your child what healthy eating habits look like; meaning you must eat your vegetables too! Quite often at my house my husband is not thrilled with the vegetables we have with supper but he will try a small amount to encourage our children to try their’s as well.
And with everything it takes time!
Don’t expect things to change overnight; every child is different but consistency and exposure are the keys to success.
Do your little ones like to eat their veggies? How do you encourage them to try?