Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Healthy Eating Kids Vegetables
How To Make Your Child Eat Vegetables
Are you one of the many moms who has gone crazy thinking how to make your child eat vegetables or ...
Are you one of the many moms who has gone crazy thinking how to make your child eat vegetables or even fruits? Have done all acrobatics and creative strategies to make your child eat and appreciate vegetables? Count me in! Ever since I had my first child, I've committed myself to only give him nutritious food, to introduce him to fruits and vegetables and actually liking them, and to set a good example by eating healthy foods myself. I succeeded with my eldest, he loves eating vegetables and is not scared to try new kinds of dishes.
- Start early. - Both my sons started eating vegetables as early as the time I could already give them solids. You may boil and mash the vegetables then add a little milk. You may also Osterize or make a soup out of it. We used to mash and put it in our congee recipe. The kids love it.
- When studying colors, make fruits or vegetables your examples. - As early as 2 years old, both my sons could recognize at least seven colors. I make some vegetable or fruits as examples so it's easily retained in their minds. This way, they get familiar with the different kinds of vegetables. For example: Red = Apple; Orange = Carrots; Yellow = Banana and so on.
- Read books or watch cartoons that advocate eating healthy food - One of the proven techniques I did to my eldest in particular, is show him that even Barney or Elmo loves eating healthy foods like vegetables and fruits. Remember Barney's "Have a Snack" song? I love its lyrics! Here's a sample:
Have a snack. Eat an apple or an orange.
Have a snack. Munch a cherry or a grape.
Have a snack. Have some celery or carrots.Have a snack. Yeah! Brocolli is great.When you want something crunchy,
when you want something sweet,
Fruits and vegetables are always fun to eat.
- Chop vegetables in bite sizes. When mixing vegetables into your meal, make sure you chop them in bite sizes so that your child would not notice it's there. The smaller the better.
- Disguise. You may mash your vegetables or cut thinly and mix them in your burger patties. You may also try pureeing mushrooms or squash and make a really creamy and tasteful vegetable soup out of them. In the morning, my mom helps me prepare a nutritious congee or "lugaw" for the kids by putting in boiled and mashed "malunggay", carrots, potatoes, and squash.
- Cook together. When my eldest was around four years old and already accustomed to eating mashed or disguised vegetables, I figured it was time to introduce him to the "real" vegetables by involving him in not only preparing but cooking as well. The menu that day was Pork Sinigang (sour soup), a Filipino soup dish loaded with vegetables. I let him put the raw chopped vegetables while boiling them in the casserole very carefully. When it was cooked and it was time to eat, I announced to everyone in the household that it was HIS recipe and he cooked it. He felt very proud of himself of course. From then on, Sinigang became his favorite dish and would eat it even without the meat, just the vegetables.
- Teach by example. As parents, our children inevitably pick up everything we consciously or unconsciously do. They acquire our manners, our styles, our body language and our attitudes. This is the same with what we eat. Setting a good example is still the best teacher. Walk the talk is the guiding principle we apply when disciplining or teaching something to the kids.
What about you? What strategies do you do to make your child eat vegetables?
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