How to get kids to eat veggies
Parenting blogger, Helen Jessup, shares her secrets for how to make children eat vegetables by involving the kids in growing the vegetables and preparing interesting recipes.
Who’s Helen Jessup?
Helen is a parenting blogger over at The Crazy Kitchen, wife and mum to three children of different ages (13, 11 and 5!). She’s working with us to share her top tips for getting kids to eat their veggies.
Making veggies fun
Quite often parents are left pulling their hair out trying to get their kids to eat vegetables, to give them a balanced diet. Here are a few tips that may help encourage your children to ca few veggies.
Pick your own
Find a local pick your own fruit and vegetable farm and take the kids along to see how the veggies are grown, and they may be tempted to give them a try there and then - my youngest loves to eat beans and peas straight from the plant. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend with an allotment that’s even better! You can find a directory of pick your own farms here.
Make it themselves
If you get the kids involved in making their own meals then they are more likely to eat it than if someone else has made it for them, as it gives them a sense of pride. Even if they try a little bit it’s better than totally refusing it - take small steps.
Here is a simple recipe for vegetable fritters that the kids can help prepare.
Corn & Pea Fritters
You will need:
- 2 fresh corn on the cobs
- Handful of fresh petit pois or garden peas
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 50ml Buttermilk
- 50g plain flour
- Cut the corn from the cob
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Heat some oil or Flora Buttery in a frying pan
- Add a spoonful of batter and fry until golden brown
- Flip over and fry on the other side until golden brown
- Serve warm or cold
Make it fun
My youngest went through a phase of being fussy and refusing to eat certain meals. I found that he would eat more if he had something fun to eat it with, and he particularly liked my olive picks, which he would spear his food with and pop it into his mouth. It might not be the best long term option having your child eat with an olive pick, but it may help to get them through their phase. Kids also like a bit of fun on their plate so you could try arranging their meal into a face, or making vegetable creatures, such as this caterpillar made out of bread, cucumber and pepper, with sultana eyes. If you’re using cocktail sticks or picks please supervise young children. Tip. Use Flora Buttery on the bread to keep it all together!
Helen’s tips for making eating veggies fun sponsored by Flora.