One of the most significant challenges of raising a healthy family is that young children don’t always love to eat well. Here are a few surefire ways to include more healthy foods in your kids’ diet, without having to wrestle them down or reward with junk food:
1.Present food in entertaining ways! Cutting fruits and veggies with cookie cutters or arranging them into shapes on the plate can turn any snack or meal into a fun experience for young kiddos. It’s a lot harder to turn your nose up at broccoli when it’s actually a hat for a mini gentleman made of peppers! Here’s a super simple example of a pretty flower made with Veggie-Go’s Cinnamon Spiced Beet and TropiKale!
2. Include one sure thing in every meal. Present new foods alongside tried and true favorites, and encourage your kids to eat as much of one as they do the other. This way you’re not involving a reward system like the classic “only get dessert if you finish your vegetables,” but you are combining things they like with new healthy options that might not go over as well.
3. If you know your kiddo has a soft spot for one specific thing like PB&Js, include those ingredients in new dishes to expand their palates. Nut butters are good on all kinds of fruits and veggies, like apple slices or carrot sticks, so get kids excited for their veggies by emphasizing the peanut butter! Here’s an example of Veggie-Go’s Mountain Berry Spinach and Sweet Potato Pie rolled up with Justin’s nut butter to make a tasty power snack perfect for little ones, especially if you let them do some help in the construction process.