Here at Muzzarelli Farms we'd like to think of ourselves as vegetable connoisseurs when it comes to harvesting them, getting them to you, and getting your kids to like them. To learn how you can get your children to actually start begging you for veggies, read on!
Use seasonings to your advantage! This trick may literally work miracles, especially when introducing children to vegetables. Don't be afraid to make them flavorful, with ingredients like butter, allspice, lemon, or garlic. Your children will welcome vegetables when they are more cohesive with the rest of the meal rather than unsalted aliens on their plate.
Make vegetables sweet. Vegetables can be incorporated into desserts! Try yummy, delicious Walnut Raisin Sweet Potato Cookies, Cranberry Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Bites (kids might like them more with cream cheese as a substitute for goat cheese), and Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars. And kids can't get enough of Sweet Potato Smoothies (which tastes like pumpkin pie) and decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegetable Smoothies (you'll want to make extra for yourself!)
Arrange food in patterns on the plate. No one, not even children, can ignore a good aesthetic. Arranging your kids' veggies into fun patterns like smiley faces or hearts makes eating vegetables more fun and makes the meal feel personalized.
Mix them in. Get creative and mix vegetables into their favorite foods like pasta, smoothies, or veggie dips with chips on the side (who can resist a good dip?). The possibilities are endless with this tip!
Get kids involved. Your child is way more likely to eat and enjoy vegetables if they help you to prepare it. They will feel so proud of their creation and assistant chef skills that they will feel more obligated to taste what they've help make (but of course always supervise your children and keep safety hazards away if they're helping you in the kitchen!)
Snack time. You can even sneak some veggies into your kids' snack time by offering them healthy alternatives to their favorite snack time options. There are plenty of recipes out there to make things like kale chips, dried fruit snacks, and more, right from home! They'll hardly notice the difference.
What are some of YOUR favorite ways to get your kids to eat veggies?