6 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

 

I remember at one of Bunny’s first parties with his playgroup. He was about three and we were having a great time. One of the other moms asked him if he wanted some candy. He excitedly ran over to the vegetable platter and snacked on carrots and tomatoes. The moms all looked at me jaws dropped. My son had picked veggies over candy. By this time, he hadn’t had candy often, maybe 5 times in his life.

Now, that I have more children, the candy restrictions are not as strict, but I still have two of my three kids who will opt for vegetable over many other foods. The one, my eldest daughter, Bee, she’s a special case, with a story that goes all the way back into my womb. Even with Bee, she can eat her share of fruits and vegetables.

But how do I have three children who willing eat vegetables, even at young ages as 2 and 4? Here are my tips to get your kids to eat more vegetables.

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Start Early

When introducing your children to foods, opt for the savory vegetables instead of the sweet fruit more often. They will like and appreciate the flavor of vegetables when their taste buds aren’t longing for the sweet.

Eat More Vegetables

You, yes, you. If you eat more vegetables, they will want to eat what you eat. Set the example for your children on what your vegetable eating expectations are and over time, they will understand and follow suit.

From Your Plate to Yours

I don’t have any problem with any baby food company. But their food doesn’t taste like your food. If you make green beans with a slice of bacon for flavor, then that’s a “new” flavor to them which they may or may not like as they make the move from pureed to solid foods. I always kept an individual serving sized blender on the counter and, before I added salt or hot spices, would toss in the veggies in the blender to serve the kids a pureed version of what we were eating. I would actually do this for all of our meals, but it was especially useful for vegetables.

Serve Often

We have vegetables at every meal after breakfast. Often, I will make a display where they will have various options to eat them. I have a three-part serving tray where I put one fruit and two vegetable options at least one snack a day. In the beginning, Bee would have nothing to do with it, or only eat the fruit. After about a week, she would scarf down all three choices without a second thought.

Creative Music Note Veggie Platter | Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables | AprilNoelle.com

Be Creative

As above, I try to incorporate vegetables however I can. The more fuss that they see you make, the more they want it. Bee rarely eats celery, but take time designing a music note and she couldn’t wait to dive in and eat all of the pieces. I think she just wanted to destroy my project. Whatever works.

Raw or Cooked?

For most of my youth, I did not like cooked vegetables. I would eat fresh carrots, celery, lettuce, etc. but wouldn’t touch a cooked broccoli floret. I thought they were mushy and relatively tasteless. I found out as I got older that people would often overcook their vegetables. When I learned to properly cook vegetables, I liked them a lot more. Try mixing up their options, cooked and raw.

When all else fails, be sneaky and trick them into eating their vegetables.

 

Try Sneakz Organic!

Sneakz dreamed up a way to make eating healthy fun for kids by adding 1/2 serving of daily vegetables to delicious organic milkshakes. I received these milkshakes in exchange for my honest review.

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Why not combine the veggies with something they already like?

My kids really enjoyed these milkshakes. We started with the chocolate milkshake which I thought would be a favorite, but I quickly learned that they loved strawberry even more.

Bunny, my son, said he could taste the vegetables, but that didn’t stop him from drinking one of these every day until they were gone.

Remember Bee, my non-veggie eater? She was happy to opt to have this milkshake instead of eating the vegetables.

Butterfly could only finish about a half of a box (approx. 4 oz.) each time. She was excited to drink it, but couldn’t finish it.

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1/2 Serving of Veggies

Each box has 1/2 serving of veggies, making it a delicious snack with nutritional benefits for a balanced diet.

Organic Dairy

Our Non-GMO and grass fed cows produce the highest quality organic milk which is healthy and safe for your little ones.

Natural Cane Sugar

Sneakz is sweetened with natural cane sugar and has fewer grams per ounce than flavored milks by Organic Valley and Horizon Milks.

Drawback

I only found one drawback for this delicious product… the name. I couldn’t bring myself to tell my children it was named “Sneakz”. Obviously, Bunny could just read the name, but I didn’t want to let my littles know about “sneaking”.

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54 comments on “6 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables”

  1. Sneakz would have been a life saver for me when my kids were little. It was so hard to get them to eat their veggies. There were a lot of nights where they went to bed without dinner.

  2. mary says:

    This looks like a great idea fo r my picky kids – especially my younger two. The struggle is real with them and veggies/fruits. Love this idea!

  3. Crystal says:

    My oldest is the worst about vegetables. It’s getting better as she ages, but ugh. I need to grab some of those milkshakes to help her out.

  4. Marcie W. says:

    I consider myself extremely lucky that all three of my children actually enjoy vegetables, even unique ones like asparagus and brussels sprouts. I am sure they would also love a milkshake, and now that I am in on the secret, you wouldn’t hear me complaining!

    1. Crystal says:

      We’re getting there! Brussel sprout tacos kind of rocked their world, so I’m hopeful. These shakes will help in the meantime.

  5. Pam says:

    My daughter was a very picky eater for a while there. These would have been great.

  6. Tamara says:

    What a smart idea! We started early with both kids, but of course, turning two changed a lot of those ways. I sent Des to a daycare that provided tons of fruits and vegetables all school year long, and now I’m looking for ways to fill that void.
    Sneakz is awesome and I have loved learning the flavors on the site.

  7. Val says:

    These sound like a great way to get kids to eat more veggies! It’s always great to encourage kids to eat up their veggies!

  8. Liz Mays says:

    These are really clever ideas. I love the idea of Sneakz and kids will definitely like those flavors.

  9. We have my niece eat with us four days out of the week, so I get to see this first-hand.
    She is quirky in that she actually loves vegetables?! Hey who’s complaining? 🙂
    You wrote a real nice article here nonetheless.

  10. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    I sneak veggies into my pasta sauce and a few other things. My kids never even know.

  11. MELISASource says:

    These are all reall great tips! I love the products that are coming out that make veggie-eating easier for kids!

  12. Pam says:

    My daughter was a very picky eater when she was little. She would have loved these Sneakz Organics drinks. What a great way to get kids eating more fruits and veggies.

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like a great product. I like to sneak veggies into the kids smoothies in the morning.

  14. Nicole Escat says:

    My son loves eating veggies. I never had a problem with him except for a bittergourd.

  15. christina aliperti says:

    My son was pretty good with veggies, but my nieces are so picky. My brother will try anything to get them to eat more vegetables.

  16. Tara Pittman says:

    I love that these have veggies in them. I have a picky eater so these would be great for him.

  17. We try to load a ton of vegies into daily smoothies. This shake is a great idea. It’s really hard to get the amount of suggested servings in a day!

  18. Sarah Bailey says:

    hands up I’m not that good at eating veg myself – fruit yes but veg no – perhaps I need to try these myself. x

  19. I found that it was always easier to get my son to eat raw veggies than cooked.

  20. Amy Jones says:

    Interesting information!! Perfect for mom’s with picky eaters

  21. Elizabeth O. says:

    I don’t know what it is with veggies that a lot of people seem to hate. I really like them so that’s probably why my kids like veggies too. It’s good to have a few other options when it comes to serving them though. I normally just collect a bunch of recipes that would make veggies more interesting even for me!

    1. April Noelle says:

      When you didn’t grow up with veggies as a positive part of your upbringing (i.e., your parents didn’t serve veggies or it was forced upon them when they didn’t like a particular veggie), it’s easy to build up a mindset of dislike. When you just foster the positive side, kids don’t have that icky feeling when eating them. IMO.

  22. Amanda Love says:

    It’s important to encourage kids to eat veggies. I think these are awesome ideas. Also, it’s good to eat with them so that they can follow your lead.

  23. Katherine G says:

    These look like they would be about in my house. My kids sometimes don’t like the taste of some vegetables. I blame myself because I feel u should have introduced them to more.

    1. April Noelle says:

      It’s never too late to start. It may be harder later, but it will be better in the long ru.

  24. Pamela Kuhn says:

    Looks like an awesome product. I was always looking for a good substitute for chips when my daughters were home. I’ll have to tell them about this one.

  25. felicia says:

    These sound like such a great idea! It is true that offering veggies more often can help. I think habits are key.

  26. I share your experience. We didn’t have many sweets for my children growing up. When we went on an outing, we took carrots, cauliflower and other natural snacks. I also have to agree that I would prefer my children not to think I was okay with the idea of sneaking 🙂

  27. Rosey says:

    I agree: whatever works! Thanks for the giveaway too. Entered. 🙂

  28. Cinny says:

    That’s clever that you put them out often. I have troubles getting my husband to eat veggies!

    1. April Noelle says:

      I’m sure putting them out often would work for him too! 🙂 Some tasty appetizers before dinner.

  29. I have such a hard time getting my kids to eat veggies. This would be the perfect solution to an ongoing problem.

  30. Lexie Lane says:

    Being creative really makes a big difference. The kids based their taste on the appearance of food.

  31. LLuckily for me it’s never been an issue to have my son eat vegetables. He just does coz I raised him that way.

    1. April Noelle says:

      Not all people think of it as something you teach them. I think people are hoping the kids will one day just like them.

  32. These are great tips! I’m not a fan of the name either, I don’t subscribe to tricking kids 🙂 It sounds like a great option though. My son currently won;t touch anything green besides peas or green beans, but he does love drinking green smoothies full of spinach and fruit 🙂

    1. April Noelle says:

      I do it sometimes, but I prefer to be upfront. We haven’t done many smoothies.

  33. Jenjen says:

    That trick be creative is best 🙂 Veggies becomes more inviting to the eyes 🙂

  34. Nancy L. says:

    Now this is a very creative (and sneaky) way to get our children to eat more veggies! Love it! I don’t think the kids will think too much about the name. Maybe they’ll think the fox is sneaky? lol

    1. April Noelle says:

      Possibly. I just like my kids to like vegetables, not eat them because they are unaware. And I don’t want them getting ideas about being sneaky themselves. 🙂

  35. Melisa says:

    I am so thankful that I was able to introduce vegetables in a way that my kids loved them. I know it’s something a lot of people struggle with. I think it’s in our DNA. lol I love vegetables, and my kids inherited it.

  36. R U S S says:

    It’s always best to start them young, that way, kids get easily used to vegetables. Sneakz is a good idea. I’m interested & would like to try it myself – it’s chocolate milkshake but it has veggie nutrition in it. How cool is that!

  37. Nancy says:

    When I went to their website, I learned they had posted this message: We’re making a few tweaks to the site, we’ll be back up in no time!

  38. Great tips for sure. My son is so picky when it comes to vegetables. But he is weird!! lol Today he had mushroom for the first time and loved it. I don’t even think he knew he was eating mushrooms at first. My daughter on the other hands, LOVE her veggies!

  39. Lisa Rios says:

    I need this so badly as I struggle a lot to make my kids veggies as they are always behind other foods like meat, chocolates or ice creams. I agree that creative ideas could work out & I would like to check out Sneakz as well.

  40. I need to get more creative in the kitchen. My kids loved veggies but my grand kids will only eat green beans and corn. I sneak in veggies where ever I can, chopped in sketti and meatloaf and other dishes they can’t see them.

  41. Kids Eating healthier is always in every moms head! Thhese are great ideas

  42. What a great idea! I was probably one of those very picky children who didn’t eat their veggies!

  43. Three of my four kids love veggies! I try to include them in each of our meals! I’ll have to check out Sneakz! I’m all about milkshakes! 🙂

  44. Charlene says:

    I have to agree with serving often, there was a point when my son would only eat peas but with consistency he has expanded his range. This product looks great!

  45. Always great to find ways to get those littles to get some veggies!

  46. Jessica says:

    Great ideas! I have three kids who for the most part do well with their veggies but I’ve been trying to incorporate new choices and it hasn’t went so well. I’ll keep your tips in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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