Use this sure guide to make your kids eat all the vegetables that too asking for more. Guide for Feeding Children everywhere
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In a way I am a lucky mom as my twins always enjoyed eating all vegetables including pumpkin to bitter gourd, okra to cauliflower, beetroot to broccoli from the day they started eating food other than breast feed. I did make some efforts in the beginning for sure but I am happy for those efforts now.
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The curious eyes of your kids are always looking for something colorful, something unique and somthing different every time; be it a play, at park, at school, toys, TV or for that matter the food. First and foremost is to present the food as a Master Chef to your kids and exactly the way they love it. Like combinations of healthy food with full of colors, shapes, styles, tastes to make it interesting for kids to eat. Do your kids hate eating vegetables? – Not Any More!!! Use these tips and I am sure you will see the improvement within few days. These all works for providing healthy snacks for school too. This is the ultimate guide for feeding the children everywhere.
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The Universal guide for Feeding Children everywhere.
1. Food Decorating that takes less than a minute
As we all like nicely presented meals when we visit any restaurant or cafe, kids also love the same. Funny cuts given to veggies, smiley, stickers or colors of famous character, making faces or shapes as toppings etc are always a hit way to present the food.
Use maximum color combinations without adding the food color. Like use carrots for red/orange, use sesame seeds for making eyes, use jelly or catch up to make smileys.
Differently cut fruits can also be a nice topping for the vegetable dishes.
Also adding some of the kid’s favorites on top of the dish like gems, M&Ms, piece of chocolates, biscuits, marshmallows, jelly would make the dish look yummy and taste yummy without compromising much with the nutrients. This always works in feeding children everywhere.
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2. Nutrition Value of the food
We have to note that we are not compromising with the nutrition value of the food especially vegetables. We can opt for french fries and eggplant Parmesan some times, but bakes, boiled and semi cooked vegetables are healthier choices.
Green Leafy vegetables have more health benefits but most kids hate them. Its a proven fact that most kids love eating cheese in most form. Mixing cheese or cream with such preparation can work better with kids. You can visit our Foodie Dost section to know more such kids’ friendly recipes.
3. Party Food to Avoid
Mostly I have seen my daughter eating junk food at the birthday parties earlier when she started attending those parties. Now I make sure to ask for the menu in advance and if veggies are there I tell my daughter that you will get the yummy cake and also lots of goodies only if you eat vegetables. Be it a pizza toppings or noodles or pasta, she has to eat the vegetables. It mostly worked!!
If you can’t ask for the menu, better allow your child to be free for that one time, after all kids will be kids. You can fill this gap may be some other day by baking a sweet vegetables recipe. Kids mostly enjoy sweet and than salty taste. Spicy and sour are their least favorites. So make sure when you want to make your kids eat vegetables, either let it be a little sweet ( you can add jaggery or brown sugar to replace refined sugar) or make it salty by adding just a little pinch of additional salt and a bit of pepper too.
4. Eat while you Play Kiddo
Its not a good habit to make kids eat, while playing a ball or watching a TV. But if you are tired of all the ideas about making your kids eat vegetables, this will work for a while and if you are successful in making an interesting vegetable recipe for the kids, your have made a goal.
You can also ask your kids to eat vegetables before turning on their favorite Tom and Jerry cartoon show or Disney Junior or Doremon. Means your kids will have to earn watching the TV they love by eating vegetables.
5. Are you a good Story Teller?
My daughter is so fond of stories, while drinking milk in the morning, eating lunch or dinner and by the time she is off to bed, she listens to at least 7 to 8 stories from her grand father. I think this is the most important reason why my kids eat vegetables so easily. You can mention the benefits of eating vegetables and what happens when some one don’t eat vegetables by weaving a good story around it.
Exciting story is the great way to start your kids enjoy the fantasy world and start eating vegetables at the same time. You can find some interesting story telling ideas and stories in our Party Dost section.
6. Let’s have a race to eat Veggies
Inviting one or two friends at the lunch or dinner time and having a race on who finishes first is the convincing way for my twins to eat veggies. During the toddler years kids like this type of competitions and being ahead in the game. Utilizing this trait for making them eat vegetables works perfect!
7. Feeding babies : Mix and Match
How about mixing your kids favourite fruit or chocolate in the vegetable dish? You can either use it as a topping as I mentioned above for very young kids or for kids 5 and older you can mix it in the dish and ask your kid to find it in the meal. The only condition is finding will be done simultaneously while eating!
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Patience is also a required attribute for making your children eat vegetables if they are very picky eater. Try something new every day; you never know which form of vegetables your kids will like; a soup, pasta, curry or any other novelty. If you have tried one vegetable for few days and your kid is still in the denial mode, put it aside for now & introduce it again after some time gap; may be after few weeks he will accept it in some different form.
Prepare your healthy snacks for school keeping all the above points in mind and see how easily your kids start eating healthy. Tell me your stories and experiences related offering veggies to your child in the comments section below. I am curious to know if you tried any of the above tips for making your child eat vegetables & it worked for you or not.
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