Getting kids to eat vegetables has been an ongoing battle, possibly since the beginning of time. And getting your child to actually consume the food you prepare at home can be a huge challenge these days. Health-conscious parents who cook the majority of their family meals at home are rivaled by school “pizza days,” fast food restaurants, candy fundraisers, and junk food marketing that speaks directly to kids. As you ponder how to keep healthy eating as a focus in your family, you may be wondering how on Earth to cook veggies that your kids will actually eat!
And when children start to refuse the healthier options being offered at home, your inclination might be to throw in the towel and go with the flow so at least your child will eat “something.” But don’t give up! With a few creative tweaks in presentation, you can win them over and bring excitement back to the dining table. Here is some inspiration to get your kids loving their veggies again.
Ideas to Help You Cook Veggies That Your Kids Will Actually Eat
For most kids, the taste and texture of steamed (or overcooked) veggies are not appetizing. Can you blame them? So keep veggies crisp and attractive by skipping the steamer and putting them on a stick! The kids will enjoy the colorful display of various vegetables and you’ll be surprised how fast they disappear (into their tummies).
This is such a simple side to prepare using a baking sheet. Just gather an assortment of veggies, drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar, spray a bit of organic olive oil, and stick them in the oven for approx 30 minutes.
Veggies and Hummus Dip
This is a combo that’s easy to whip up and the kids will enjoy dipping veggies into the hummus. Try slicing up carrot sticks, celery, broccoli, or grape tomatoes and arrange everything on a plate for a snack those little fingers will love. The added bonus? Hummus – with chickpeas as the main ingredient – is a great source of protein to balance this out as a healthy snack.
Potatoes have nothing on these alternative fries! Make an assortment of tasty veggie “fries” by slicing up eggplant, parsnips, jicama, carrots, beets, zucchini and more.
Loaded Veggie Guacamole
The kids will love eating this loaded veggie guacamole. This delish dip is jam-packed with lots of veggies to give it a nutrient-dense punch. Load yours up with chopped squash, diced cucumbers, minced garlic, grated zucchini, or anything else.
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