The battle between children and a plate of greens has been going on for years! Today it’s your kid, yesterday it was you with your mom and previously, your grandma with her mom — and it’s always been there in the world. Though we do acknowledge the nutritional value of the veggies are extremely important for our wellbeing all through our life, but it’s more so during childhood. Of course, you don’t want your child to follow suit. But no matter how much you convince them, kids just don’t have vegetables at all, forget about loving these veggies!
How to convince your kid to have those vegetables?
No matter how healthy and nutritious these veggies are, it’s very difficult to convince the children of the same. And thus, they show a lack of proper physical development, problems in concentration, improper sleep patterns, and other such issues. But of course, your dietician will instruct you to include these healthy foods in your kid’s daily diet at any cost. But we all know it’s easier said than done! So follow the below-mentioned tricks which will help your child to enjoy and love those vegetables very soon.
1. Get a proper diet plan for your child
Each child is different and so are their nutritional needs. To know what’s best and much needed for your kid, you should get a properly planned diet chart from your pediatric dietician. A dietician will guide you and provide you with the list of vegetables that should be included in your child’s meal plan as per their physical and mental growth requirements. This will help you convince your kid that it’s the best for them as their dietician has personally suggested these for their healthy growth.
2. Try some new dishes from these veggies
Maybe your kid doesn’t like the way you make those vegetables. They probably cringe at the sight of salads and think veg gravy isn’t worth tasting. You can always change this mindset of theirs by trying innovative ways to cook those vegetables for them. Like, a recipe wherein you include spinach and peas patties in a burger can be extremely healthy and yummy as well.
3. Make it look enticing
Nobody else than a parent can know how colors and presentations attract a kid’s attention. You can try plating the vegetables nicely. Or simply cut them into fascinating shapes and attract your child towards it or mix all the multicolored vegetables to create a nice looking, delicious, and healthy dish. How about a cheesy pasta in a mixed veg sauce?
4. Make them a secret ingredient in their favourite food
Now that’s a hack almost all parents know and approve of! If your kid drools for a dish, like say, pasta, you can always include the veggies finely chopped or simply blended in the sauce. Since your child won’t know the secret ingredient, she/he won’t push it away. Of course, it would have to be super tasty, and then later you can let your child know what the secret ingredient actually was!
5. Eat together as a family
Kids are excellent mimics. They learn from people around them and real examples. If you want your kids to eat all the vegetables then you have to also sit down and join with them. Do not eat while TV is another disturbance. Family dinner is a very good practice to develop good eating habits.
6. Take children help with food preparation
You can take minor help from children while food preparation like washing veggie and setting table. Through this, your children know how much effort and time it takes to prepare food. Let kids know it makes you very happy when they eat all the food and vegetables.
These tricks are guaranteed of bringing the desired results and you’ll soon find your kid asking for these vegetables out of their own wish!