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I have two kids, and one is a picky eater and one is decidedly not. I mean it – one notices if I leave even a tiny sliver of crust on her sandwich, and the other one cheerfully drinks kale smoothies and lentil stew like they’re candy. The thing is, though, we did the same thing with both kids! We introduced a wide variety of healthy options from babyhood on. We talk about all foods in terms of strengths – there aren’t “good” foods and “bad” foods. Everything is in moderation. You know the drill.
In our household, we’re all about how to eat more fruits and vegetables AS A FAMILY (that’s right – me too) and without sacrificing flavor or time. Ready to hear more? Here’s really what works for us! And this is after years of tweaking it!
How to Help Your Kids Eat Their Vegetables: 5 Ways That Really Work:
1 – Get Your Smoothie On!
This is one of those things that I’m in shock works so well. We found out that when we get smoothies, our kids want smoothies! There’s no end to the smoothies you can buy and make, and how many vegetables you can get in that blender!
2 – Mix Vegetables into Meals Your Kids Already Love.
Vegetables are incredibly versatile. Sometimes we’ll get a new vegetable from the garden – like kohlrabi – and we’ll put it into potato latkes – which the kids love. We also add spiralized zucchini and squash to spaghetti and meatballs, cauliflower to pizza and mashed potatoes, and shredded or diced carrots into pretty much everything I just said!
3 – Make Kid-Friendly Salads.
This one is SUCH fun. So I take vegetables I know my kids already love – without needing them hidden – like red peppers and lettuce. Then I add oat cereal as “croutons”, and berries too. We make a mild salad dressing together and the kids love it.
4 – Make Vegetable Eating Interactive.
My kids (and I) LOVE dips. Give my kids an avocado and they’ll stare at it. Give them a bowl of guacamole (or even just mashed avocado and lime juice) and they’ll lick the bowl clean. My kids love to eat vegetables when they can dip them in ranch dip, hummus, or guacamole. And to have healthier ranch dip, you can make it yourself with only a few ingredients.
5 – Buy The Brands They Already Love, That Use More Vegetables.
And THAT is where Stonyfield® Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Pouches in an Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Whole Milk Pouch and Blueberry Apple Carrot Whole Milk Pouch come in! I think not-so-hidden hidden veggies – in products, brands and recipes the kids already trust – are awesome.
We love Stonyfield® Organic Kids®, and, as always, it’s USDA Organic & non-GMO project verified. The products have 35% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt, and are made with real fruits and veggies! Also, they’re a good source of Vitamin D!
Lately, we’re feeling that lack of sunlight in New England.
Another reason we love the Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Whole Milk Pouch and the Blueberry Apple Carrot Whole Milk Pouch is that they’re perfect for the lunchbox and on-the-go! It’s the easiest organic snack for kids (and me). Ever.