I’m sure many of you struggle with getting your kids to eat fresh, healthy vegetables. In fact, I’m willing to be a lot of you give in to your child’s unwillingness to eat their vegetables which is a big no-no. If you lead by example, it’s much easier to teach your children healthy eating habits. If they see you eating at an early age, it will become habit. BUT, there will times when a child will run screaming the other way at the sight of some brocolli. I highly encourage you to keep offering your toddlers repeatedly. Did you know that it can take a toddler up to 10 times to acquire a taste for a particular food? Yep! That’s why you keep trying.
BUT, if you still are having trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies, check out the Love Your Veggies website. They offer some fun creative ideas to incorporate veggies into your every meal plan. To get an idea of what you’ll see, I found one of my faves:
Whole wheat bagels
¼ cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressing*
¼ cup whipped cream cheese
Split bagels in half; lightly toast. Mix ranch dressing and cream cheese in small bowl; spread even amounts of mixture over each bagel half. Use imagination to assemble faces. Example: Cut American cheese into shape of hat, bell pepper strips for a scarf, raisins for eyes, shredded carrots or broccoli florets for hair.
Face Decoration Ideas:
American cheese slices
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Red bell peppers
Canned beans (black, garbanzo, pinto)
Sometimes making food fun can make all the difference. And what I really love, is that kids can help you in most of the recipes, just like this one.
Do you feel like spreadin’ a of your love for veggies? If so, you can enter “The Search for Veggies Champions Contest”. Art Smith, author and celebrity chef to the likes of Oprah, knows the challenges parents face in encouraging their children to eat their vegetables, and that’s why he is looking for a few good moms — those devoted to getting their kids and their communities to love their veggies. To find them, Art has teamed with the makers of Hidden Valley ranch dressing to launch the Search for Veggie Champions Contest, which began Nov. 7, 2008 and closes on Jan. 15, 2009.
Ten lucky moms will be chosen to attend an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago to learn from Art himself fun and exciting ways to help their children love their veggies from plant to plate, as well as a $5,000 grant to put toward their own community garden.
Moms can complete an entry application here. On the site, you’ll also find kid-friendly recipes, tips and interactive activities for the whole family.
Now over to you!
Would love to hear some creative ideas on how you get your children to eat their vegetables!!