Kids can be picky eaters. . . even more so with the array of unhealthy temptations out there in the supermarket and at the school lunch counter that lure them in more than veggies sometimes do. So how can we get our children more interested in eating well for life? Here are my top three starter tips:
1. Show them how to make a breakfast smoothie: It’s a simple, fun way to get them their daily morning nutrition. Add strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, peanut butter, yogurt, honey, milk, a little ice — the ingredient combos are endless, depending on their tastes. And if a piece of kale slips in there, they’ll never know the difference!
2. Roasting vegetables gets kids coming back for seconds: Eating your veggies raw or lightly steamed might be the best way to go when it comes to consuming nutrients, but sometimes they just taste better when you add a little olive oil. . . think beta carotene-packed sweet potatoes, vitamin C-dense broccoli and red bell peppers, folate-rich beets, and so on. See my Roasted Vegetable Cobb Salad.
3. Pureed soups deliver multiple servings of veggies in one delicious, kid-friendly bowl: Kids will love tossing in a variety of colorful, yummy ingredients and creating their own custom stew. For inspiration, give my Turkey Vegetable Soup a try.
What do you do at home to get your kids interested in eating more vegetables?