Coaxing kids into willingly consuming vegetables is no easy feat. Often times, it seems easier to walk away as opposed to having an all out wrestling match with them to get them to eat their greens, but this isn’t the most effective approach, either.
Luckily, some parents have shared their tricks for getting their kids to eat their veggies, and thanks to an article from The Good News Network, these tips have been made public for any parent struggling with this never-ending battle.
“Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Pirate’s Booty for National Snack Food Month in February, the survey looked at the top tips and hacks parents use to assist them in scoring those parentings wins. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they’ve employed the ‘stealth health’ technique to help them maintain a well-rounded and nutritious diet for their children. 21% of parents polled really dedicate themselves to stealth health by pureeing, dicing, or even grating vegetables so they can be snuck into a plate undetected,” the article says.
“Creativity is also key for parents—from slipping spinach into brownies or placing veggies underneath the cheese in pizza. One respondent even said they mix powdered baby food into mac n’ cheese in order to keep their kids eating their veggies,” states the article.
If these options don’t seem like they will be foolproof for your own kids, take a look at the following ten tips issued by parents who participated in the survey.
“1. Allowing your child to help cook meals so they will be more likely to eat them
2. Letting your child pick their own healthy snacks
3. Letting your child pick a few meals for the family to have each week
4. Only letting your child eat dessert if they’ve finished their vegetables
5. Switching the packaging from an unhealthy snack to a healthy snack
6. Bribing your child with a treat to get them to finish their dinner
7. Letting your child put a little ketchup on things they don’t like, so they will eat them
8. Using the ‘one more bite’ rule over and over to get your child to finish their meal
9. Buying snacks with characters your child likes on the packaging so they would be more likely to eat it
10. Making faces with the food so your child will be entertained and be more likely to eat it”
What do you say? Would these tactics prove to be successful with your kids?