Getting Kids to Eat Fruits & Veggies
It can take many exposures for kids to acquire a taste for a certain food. Every fruit & veggie exposure counts. Even if they only try one bite, that’s a new exposure and it’s a win! A child may enjoy a fruit or vegetable and then may hate it out of nowhere. Don’t assume your child will never eat it again. When it comes to mealtime, it’s important to maintain your parental responsibility of feeding, and let your kids maintain their responsibility of eating. Keep exposing it in different and fun ways over time! We don’t recommend forcing vegetables on kids. You decide what, when and where and they decide how much and if they want to eat something served. If broccoli is left on the plate do not bribe them to finish it for dessert. Ask them if they’d be open to trying it another way Maybe with a cheese sauce, roasted, with butter and salt or raw with a dip.
- Combine a new fruit or veggie with a dip! Kids love dips (ketchup included), so adding a dip can increase the chance they will like the new fruit or vegetable they are exposed to.
- Put it on a stick! Fruit or veggies on a stick can be a little more fun for kids.
- Cut into fun shapes. You can cut fruit into fun shapes for lunches to increase the enjoyment of that food.
- Serve a salad, soup or veggie tray first. Leave a veggie tray out while you’re preparing supper with a tasty dip. Kids will choose meat and starch over their veggies on their plate, so serve it up first!
- Try roasting veggies like broccoli or green beans with some parmesan. Fat helps add flavour and may make the vegetable more appealing. Roasting brings out vegetables’ natural sweetness as well.
- Get kids involved in the kitchen! If they are involved in cooking the meal they may be more invested in eating it!
- Mix it up! Kids may prefer vegetables cold or warm. Texture or temperature can impact the acceptance of a certain vegetable.
- We don’t recommend “sneaking” vegetables into your kid’s diet. If they think you’re being sneaky about it they’re going to think it’s a bigger deal than it is. Just add them into regular meals like chili, spaghetti sauce, and soup!
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