The taste buds of children are really not the same as grown-ups. Vegetables can tend to taste severe or intense to them. It is understandable why it does not appeal to most kids. Talking to them about the advantages of veggies never proves to be much help either. But we all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important. But how do you get kids to understand the same and make it a part of their diets?
Here are a bunch of tips that all parents can try out to make your kids give fruits and veggies a chance.
- Kids love to snack. What better snack food that chopped or peeled fruits and vegetables? Keep them where it is in plain sight in the refrigerator.
- Salads are a great way to get a number of vegetables into your child all at once. Serve salads more often. Splash it with a little bit of dressing to give that extra edge to it.
- Cook more vegetarian meals at home, be it veg biryani or bhindi or even vegetarian lasagna. One of the easiest ways to put together a veg dish is to create a simple wrap or roll using Kawan paratha. Ready in 3-minutes and healthy at the same time!
- Include at least one vegetable or fruit in the school lunch boxes everyday especially iron-rich vegetables and vitamin C rich fruits.
- Make fruits or vegetables a part of each meal. For example, you could put fruit in cereal or paratha for breakfast, a vegetable curry for lunch, a healthy veg roll or sandwich for an after-school snack, or even a delicious fruit based dessert in the evening.
- Remember to be a role model – eat more fruits and vegetables yourself.
- Figure out if your child is getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day.
- Avoid buying junk foods such as chips, biscuits and chocolates. If they are not in the house, you child will have to opt for healthier treats.
- While serving fruit juices, make sure they are 100% juice and not ones full of preservative.
- Eat as a family whenever possible. Research shows that children eat more vegetables and fruits and less fried and unhealthy food when they eat with the entire family.