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Getting my kids to eat their vegetables is a never ending battle around my house. I know there are several cookbooks on the market that advocate hiding vegetables in everyday foods that your kids will eat regularly but for me that is not the point of getting my kids to eat their vegetables. I don’t want to be sneaky about it because I want my kids to know they are eating vegetables, and start a lifelong habit of eating healthy. A lot of the ideas below will only help get your kid to eat only one or two new vegetables at a time but the key is to get them use to eating vegetables, once your child has begun eating vegetables it is easier to get them to try new ones. The key to getting them to eat more vegetables is baby steps; you can’t expect a complete change overnight. So if you are like me and would like to get your kids to eat their vegetables here are some creative ways to get that to happen.
Peas in a Pop
When I first heard of Peas in a Pop I was a bit appalled, but after the initial shock wore off I realized that this really wasn’t a bad idea. If you don’t know what Peas in a Pop is it is peas in a popsicle form. Kids love it, and it is a fun way to get kids to eat their peas. You simply take frozen peas and place them in popsicle molds. Fill the molds to the top with peas, and then cover with cold water. Place the popsicle molds in the freezer, and let sit for three hours. Once they have frozen completely they are ready to be served.
Let Them Grow It
Letting your kids grow vegetables will help encourage them to eat their vegetables. After all what kid can resist eating the fruits (or vegetables in this case) of their labor? If you don’t have room for a conventional garden you can try a small container garden or participating in a community garden.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s Markets are becoming more popular and it is easier than ever before to find one near you. Take your child to visit the farmer’s market and let them pick out vegetables that they want to try. So what if they want to try eggplant and you have no idea how to cook it. Buy the eggplant, find a new recipe, and cook it together.
Get the Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables Movie
For younger kids (think two to five year olds) there is the Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables Movie. The movie features twelve minute segments that show kids eating fruits and vegetables that include bell pepper, bananas, oranges, carrots, strawberries, avocado, raspberries, tomatoes, apples, broccoli, and blueberries. Just simply fill up a plate with the vegetables featured in the movie, turn the movie on, and watch your kids copy the kids in the movie by eating the vegetables on their own plate.