Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals. The problem is that you often have to tell your kids hundreds of times to eat their vegetables and they still aren’t happy about it.
Almost all children seem to have an aversion to vegetables. They will kick up a fuss, cry, and push the vegetables around their plate.
Vegetables do not have to be the enemy. All you need to do is find a creative way to cook them and your family will love them – guaranteed!
When you stop and think about it, when you were a child and your mother dropped a droopy, soggy, green hunk of broccoli on your plate, would you eat it? Probably not.
There are ways to make your children eat their vegetables. Broccoli, for example, is very high in both vitamins and minerals and there are various ways of preparing it. Good vegetable grill recipes usually turn out great and a lot of kids love these but what if that is not enough and your child still complains? Here are some tips:
- Try it raw. Leave a plate of raw broccoli in bite-size pieces in the refrigerator for your children as a snack. Offer some salad dressing so they can dip it and this is often a hit. Leave the tips of the broccoli on the plate and encourage your child to eat them. You can even make a creative game of this. Grilled vegetable recipes are not the only way to serve healthy vegetables.
- Bribery – Do not laugh, it works! Tell your child that if he or she eats their veggies, you will give them a special treat when they are done. It is important that you follow through and give him or her the treat.
- Use cheese. Cheese and broccoli go very well together. If you pour a cheese sauce over the broccoli, you are adding texture and changing the flavor. You might find your children eat the broccoli in cheese before whatever else you have served with it.
- Lasagna – add broccoli to lasagna and smother it with sauce and cheese. Your children may not notice that it is there, and if they do, they will find it to be delicious.
- Chopped or Minced – precook the broccoli and cool it for a while before blending it in a food processor. You can then add it to any dish you are making and your kids will not see or taste it.
- This might sound strange but it works. Make your kids a milkshake with milk, ice cream, and chocolate syrup. Add some broccoli to the shake and blend it. Your kids will not be able to see or taste the broccoli as long as the ice cream is chunky.
There are so many ways that you can get your children to eat their vegetables. It is a very important part of their nutrition.
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