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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My Child’s Sense of Style

Sense of style? Gosh, I’m not sure my kids have style…well maybe they do because each of them is a little different!

 

Let me first think back to when I was a kid. I was a weird girl for awhile. I remember I liked it when my mom would pick out my clothes each night and lay them on my bed. I had matching outfits – far out pants to go with crazy looking shirts. Well that was the style!

Then junior high hit and I HAD to have Guess jeans or whatever brand name my friends had. I needed to be cool!

 

There is one advantage to having boys and that is that they do not care what they wear each day….let me explain…

C’Man is my oldest. When I take him shopping he likes to pick out shirts decorated with items he likes – skateboards, surfing, sharks, but best of all sports! He loves wearing his favorite teams. Cubs baseball, Clemson football, or whatever team his dad is rooting for.

O’Bear is a tad pickier. He looks more for the colors. If it’s orange then it’s good to go. Stripes? That probably won’t make into our cart. He also tends to go for the animals – dogs, dolphins, and bears.

Baby P’Diddy of course doesn’t have any say in what he puts on each day. Even though he is my third boy, I still love going shopping for him and picking out some new clothes so that his entire wardrobe does not have to be hand-me-downs. I think that I could live in the little boy sections. Tiny cargo shorts, mini polo shirts, little socks. The cuteness does not end.

 

My boys have gone to a few different schools and I think the way their current school does clothing is a good way. We have uniforms, but there is more than a couple of colors like most private schools have. Their school allows for 3 or 4 solid shirts. They can be t-shirts or golf type shirts. They can wear khakis or jeans which makes it super simple. All the kids look nice and it is very easy to go shopping and get ready in the morning.

Is there a sense of style in the uniform method? For my boys, not really. But I see all the little girls dressing it up a bit. Cute socks, hair ribbons, a little jewelry. They know how to do it!

 

Would I trade my easy, not caring what they wear for the most part, boys? No, never! 🙂

 

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