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Make Eating Veggies Fun

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 You are what you eat. The food intake definitely shows on your skin, hair, nails and overall looks and energy levels. Every category of food is important when it comes to health. You definitely cannot survive on only carbs or just proteins. Rice or bread alone is not sufficient for meeting your nutritional needs. A balanced diet is really important. This is more so in case of children. The growing years mean extra nutrition for catering to the growing needs.

Most categories of food I have seen is easy to get your family to eat, it is only the greens or the vegetables that tend to bring in a lot of fuss. This is true with my family, if you do not have the problem consider yourself blessed.Getting your family to eat vegetables has come to be a universal problem, especially kids. This is evident considering the number of articles online that suggest methods and ways of sneaking in those vegetables. Yes, I too am trying to suggest a few ways here that paediatricians recommend.

Children are the fussiest of eaters. You definitely cannot put a plate of vegetables in front of them and expect them to finish it. It requires a lot of patience and creativity on your side to make it attractive to them. You have to try real hard as you are competing with established fast food biggies like a burger or fries.  Cooking at home is the best way to ensure that your family eats well and stays healthy. You need to set an example for your kids. If you detest eating vegetables, don’t expect your child to love them. Make eating vegetables fun, and your family is sure to enjoy it rather than finding it a chore or boring affair. The other day I had a friend asking me about how I got my children to eat vegetables. Here are some tips:

·         Work hard at it, try to make it a habit. It sure is a real slow process but in the end you are sure to be a winner.

·         Introduce new veggies one by one in their diet at a very young age.

·         Try to camouflage the veggies to make them more interesting and cut out the fuss.Try wraps with a whole lot of vegetables and meat too. Fried rice with several vegetables chopped fine or noodles/pasta with a variety of vegetables is also an attractive fare that most children like.

·         Sandwiches and pizzas with vegetables and meat toppings. Try sandwiches that are irresistible. Make them in the shape of funny faces, smilies or of different patterns.

·         Make dinner or possibly every meal a family affair. Kids tend to eat better while it is fun and with everyone else around.

·         Try outdoor locations for a change. For slightly older children, inviting friends over can be a good idea to get them to eat.

Food made fun is sure to work with kids. Take out the boredom from food, pay more attention to presentation and you are more than half way on the path to success.       

Pic courtesy:http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/anasazi_enchiladas

 

 

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Hyde.Ray's picture
good ideas. moms will thank you.
shantihhh's picture
If you have a place for a garden having children help plant, care for and pick veggies really gets them into eating all sorts of veggies they might not normally want. Alice Waters, here in Northern Califronia has initiated school garden programs. This project is changing the way kids eat! They learn to plant, tend, pick, cook and eat of their labors! Suddenly there is excitement for the food they eat. Shanti/Mary-Anne
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Nice Picture !!! anyone want to try wraps just contact me !!! The Tortilla Guy