11 Oct Tip #5 How to Get Kids Loving Healthy Food
Tip #5: Make Veggies More Appealing
- Cut vegetables into fun shapes, like stars.
- Serve vegetables with their favorite cartoon character plate or with a sticker.
- Call vegetables fun names, like call broccoli trees.
- Serve vegetables with fun and tasty dips – humus, tahini, peanut sauce, or honey-mustard. Plain steamed broccoli may be boring but dunking it is fun!
- Cook vegetables in different ways – roasted cauliflower steaks, grilled asparagus with lemon, baked delicate squash served as boats and filled with rice, spinach blended into smoothies – the options are endless!
- Blend vegetables in smoothies. This is a great way for incorporating more nutrition without a fight.
According to Emily Honeycutt “These efforts may seem like a hassle. You may say to yourself, “I shouldn’t have to do this. My parents made me eat my broccoli and didn’t cut it into special shapes or go to all this extra trouble.” However, kids learn through play. We build habits by creating habit loops – building associations with positive or negative emotions. The more positive emotions we associate with vegetables throughout our childhood, the more likely we are to continue those healthy habits throughout our lives.”
For her full article click here.
Lots of love,