Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ways to Get Kids to Eat their Fruits and Vegetables

This is a fabulous guest post from Alexis Bonari. Moms's and Dad's this is for you and I hope you all will love to go through it.

If you have a child who gets excited by the idea of brussel sprouts for dinner and frozen grapes for dessert, then you've won the parental lottery. For the rest of us whose children shrink from any green foods like they're radioactive Kryptonite, it may seem like compromises that count fries as a vegetable are our only options. Fortunately, there are some tricks that can help parents be sure their kids are eating more fruits and vegetables.

Start Slowly
Many times, kids are quick to reject any foods that are new or seem unusual. Try pairing fruits and veggies with old favorites, and add only one or two new foods into their diets each week. This will help them adapt to changes more easily.
Don't give up! Even if your kids don't love what they taste on the first try, the more you serve fruits and vegetables, the more accustomed they will become to them and the more willing they will be to try them.

Make them Accessible
Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter so that when kids reach for a snack, they have healthy options available. Also have chopped vegetables on hand, which can be enjoyed with hummus or a tasty dip.Offering dips for fruits and vegetables -- or serving them with fondue -- can make them seem much more appealing.

Add them to Favorite Dishes
There are a number of ways that you can add fruits and vegetables to beloved dishes so that they go unnoticed (or aren't minded) by your kids. Try grating or chopping vegetables and adding them to soups,stews, casseroles, pastas, pot pie, pizza, quesadillas, tacos, sandwiches, and much more. Fruits can be seamlessly added into smoothies, yogurt, cereals, muffins, breads, pies, and more.

Introduce Variety
Kids often react negatively to unfamiliar flavors or textures. It may be that they reject what you've offered because they don't like lumpy foods or foods that taste too bitter. Try introducing a variety of different fruits and vegetables -- different shapes, different colors, different textures, and so on -- to see what your kids like best. They may hate broccoli, but they may love corn. Experiment until you find what works!

Make it Fun
Get your kids involved and make eating fruits and vegetables fun. You can try holding "create your own" sessions, and encourage your kids to provide feedback on the types of fruits and veggies they like. Make silly faces or shapes from the ingredients, either that you have made or that they have helped you make.You could also try a contest -- with the person who eats the most veggies per day or per week winning a special prize.

Set an Example
Kids often want to do what their heroes do. Point out how athletes like Michael Jordan or actors like Vin Diesel have to eat lots of veggies to stay strong and lean. If that doesn't work, remember that your are the best example in your child's life. Even if they don't respond right away, if they see you setting a consistent example of behavior, they are likely to follow your lead.
Though it may be difficult at first to convince your children to eat their fruits and vegetables, experiment with a number of techniques and be consistent and you are bound to see results. And remember:
Starting early is more likely to help children develop healthy habits that they will continue throughout their lives.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is currently a resident blogger at College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching baseball scholarships as well as basketball scholarships. Whenever she gets some free time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking with the freshest organic in-season fare, and practicing the art of coupon clipping.

Be Happy And Stay Healthy. –image source



Hari Chandana said...

Nice post..
Indian Cuisine

Padhu said...

Nice ideas to get kids eat their veggies and fruits.I do not have problem with my kids as I follow your last point

Anonymous said...

These are terrific tips, thanks!

My Little Space said...

Great infor for all the parents, Sutapa. They're getting to love their vegetables. Hope you're enjoying your day, dear.
Best regards, Kristy

Angie's Recipes said...

Nice tips...and gotta try them with my husband :-))

FOODESSA said...

These tips will surely come in handy when I get to babysit a few of my picky eating Nieces and Nephews ;o) Thanks for the pointers.

Flavourful wishes,

Sonali Pradhan said...

Nice tips dear...n seriously thankx for sharing !my 3 year old is so fussy about eating vegetables....she only wants to eat non veg all the time !

Dan.Eliot said...

One can bake without fear, broil to the heart’s content and microwave all day (just don’t stand too close). Poaching is cool and steaming is even better. Seafood, chicken and vegetables are all good candidates for grilling. Lightly stir-frying or sautéing foods in cooking spray, small mounts of vegetable oil or reduced sodium broth are other healthy options. When roasting even skinless meats it’s wise to place meats on a rack so fat can drip away.

Healthy cooking tips

Suman Singh said...

Nice and great tips...thanks for sharing..

Mary said...

I've passed on your wonderful information to the young mothers in our family. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Heavenly Housewife said...

I don't have kids, but I can use these tips on my husband, he doesn't like to eat his veggies LOL.
*kisses* HH

deangraziosi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tips on healthy life. I love to apply it in my family.
dean graziosi