This was before I had kids, so my only opinion was that I would never have to do that for myself! I LOVE vegetables. I love peanut butter cups. I believe in balance. I also believe in doing what seems best for your family. Some people applaud the hidden vegetable method. Others criticize it and say that people should just raise their kids with vegetables and their kids will grow to love them. Works like a charm, right? Well. No. I have one kid who will eat lentils, kale, tempeh, and sweet potatoes like there’s no tomorrow. You can write it across the sky. “THIS FOOD IS HEALTHY AND CONTAINS VEGGIES.”
My daughter loves candy corn and grilled cheese. She’s quite the opposite, but if you tried to hide vegetables, she’d notice them instantly. If she’s anything like her super taster mom (and Nana), we’d all be in trouble anyway. The solution for her? Finding unique ways to have your kids (and adults) eat vegetables. Offer them in a variety of fun ways and see what sticks. Every year at her annual checkup, the doctor notes that my daughter has opened up her repertoire to include new vegetables.
1 Good Natured Soups new from Progresso™ . My mom used to have (and probably still has) a Joy of Cooking cookbook. Well, these soups to me are about the joy of vegetables. They are brimming with them – I especially love the cooked carrots – and the flavors are strong. They are available in three hearty vegetable soup flavors: Hearty Corn and Chipotle Chowder, Hearty Tomato with Spinach and Roasted Garlic, and Hearty Lentil with Garden Vegetables.
Good Natured Soups new from Progresso™ offer 3/4 cups of vegetables per serving, contain no genetically-modified ingredients, preservatives and colors from artificial sources, or artificial colors. They are vegan too, using beans to get the delicious creamy texture without using cream. Good Natured Soups use bean powder and vegetable purees.
2 Food in fun shapes. I know it requires extra work, but this Ninja Turtle veggie plate only took me minutes to make:
3 Set an example. The best predictor of a child’s eating behavior is modeling after his or her parents. You can make it fun to eat together, and to prepare food together. Kids love to get involved with cooking and preparing food.
We never force food, and make it all a learning experience. There are a lot of hits and misses. We have harvest festivals and farmer’s markets, but they are winding down. We try a variety of colors with vegetables, and try them every which way – raw, cooked, steamed, roasted, grilled, baked, blanched, cut into shapes, put in salads, put in casseroles, stir-fried, and blended into smoothies. The sky is the limit but there’s something so right about Good Natured Soups new from Progresso™