Tricks to Eat Veggies

Are your kids good veggie eaters? When people ask me this question I always answer with yes and no. My oldest CAN be good because he will try new things and likes to be healthy. My middle almost NEVER eats his veggies. My baby? Well, it totally depends on his MOOD at the moment!

Here are a few ideas to get our kids to eat our veggies…

~ Seasoning! (my hubby yells out!) A little seasoning salt goes a long way…

~ Dip! My favorite way to eat veggies is with dip. I love mixing up a homemade version but plain ranch with to do.

~ Stir Fry! On of the easiest meals we made is stir fry with chicken or steak. Mix some onions and peppers in their. Add rice to make it Asian style or put into tortillas to make fajitas.

~ Hide! One of the frozen meals I buy is Kid Fresh and they mix carrots right into the mac and cheese. One of these days I will get creative and grab one of those Sneaky cookbooks and do this! Great idea!

~ Shapes! Making reindeer is one of my favorite childhood memories. It is made with pears, which is of course fruit, but easy to do with veggies too! Actually, carrots as swords is one of my boys inventions. Imagine that?

~ Let them help! C’Man loves helping make his salad. He then gets to choose what does in it and is more excited to eat it.

~ Have them cut and ready! I definitely think it helps when I get home from the grocery, sort and cut the veggies and put them into their own containers in the fridge. Sometimes the kids are hungry and it’s not snack time or meal time and I’ll say you can have fruits/veggies and they know exactly where to go in the fridge.

~ Eat them first! This works very well with the baby. He always acts so hungry that he’ll grab whatever is on his tray and chow down. He gets pickier as the meal goes on.

~ Warm or Cool! Sometimes steaming the veggies, adding oil or butter, is the best way to eat them. O’Bear will try them this way better, but C’Man likes his cold and crisp.

~ Reward! Keep track of what the children try and how much they eat. When they have filled their quota on a reward chart, then maybe they can pick dessert that night?


No matter what we do to help our children learn to like veggies, I think is worth it. They are very nutritious and starting young is the key to life long health!

I would love to hear your tips and tricks to get the kids to eat their yummy veggies!


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