Monday, 26 January 2015

It's Savvy Monday! 26/01/15

Welcome to Savvy Mondays!

This series is designed to inspire and make life each week a little less stressful and a lot more sweet.

Every Monday I will post up a new idea, tip or challenge for you to take away and think about for the week. 


Getting them to eat more veggies

I don't know about you, but we are in the vegetable rut when it come to the kids' dinners. They eat carrots, broccoli and corn on the cob. That's it. I've always been pretty grateful that they tolerate at least these veggies on their plates, but then I came across some tips from this website and just had to share.

These ideas are so simple, I don't know why I've never thought of them before.

Interestingly, the writer points out that we shouldn't have to sneak veggies into their food, that ideally, they should enjoy the choice to eat veggies, of their own free will.

Hmm. I'm not about to rule out sneaking in the veggies whenever possible, to pasta sauces and the rest of it. But I really love the idea of serving up a plate of fresh, crunchy vegetables while they wait for the main event. I mean, I definitely need something at this time to pin them down, given recent events.
So, here are 4 clever ways to get the kids eating more veggies:

1. Put out a veggie plate before meals.  Before lunch and dinner, set out a veggie plate or tray for the kids to snack on while you are fixing the meal.  Include vegetables that you know they like along with some new ones, or previously disliked vegetables.  Make the plate colorful and appetizing with bite-sized pieces.

2. Offer dip.  Some vegetables can be too bitter for young taste buds.  Dip can help transform a bitter disliked veggie into a fast favourite.  Try homemade salad dressing, hummus, or Greek yogurt for dipping.

3. Let kids help pick out vegetables at the supermarket.  Kids are curious, let them choose a new vegetable each week to try.  Whether they like it or not, they will be more likely to try it if they had a hand in picking it out.  When they don’t like a vegetable, offer the encouragement that they might like it next time since taste buds change all the time.

4. Grow your own vegetables/herbs.  Whether you have a giant backyard with room for a garden or a balcony with room for a few pots, you can grow something.  Make it a fun project with your kids to plant, grow, and tend to your veggies and herbs.  Kids who taste vegetables straight off the vine usually fall in love at first bite!

What do you think? Anything you can try here that you haven't already attempted? Would love to hear how you get on - let me know!


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