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“Sofia, eat your food!”
“But it has vegetables…I don’t like vegetables!!”
“Just eat it or no TV tonight!”
“But I DON’T LIKE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT….*tears*”
Welcome to dinner at my place. Sofia somehow decided between the ages of 2-3 that vegetables were evil and that we would have to bribe, battle, negotiate, beg and punish in order for her to eat just ONE tiny carrot. Or broccoli. Or piece of spinach. Name it… if it’s a veggie, it’s time for war. Dinner would turn into two hours and she would eat two bites and I would give up. By the time her check up came I imagined her pediatrician would pronounce me worst mother of the world and tell me my kid was suffering cause I couldn’t get her to eat her veggies. It sucked.
After a couple years of battles… I can say, Mommy is finally winning! Here is the proof:
That my friends, is a salad! It was like the skies opened and I heard music fr the first time when I saw that happen. But it wasn’t my wisdom finally making a dent. Noooo.. it was using a few easy tricks (or tips… same thing!) and I am gonna share it with you.
How To Get Picky Kids To Eat Healthy
- TRICK THEM. Yea yea.. ok, I get it. You want to be honest with your kids. You want them to make the choice for themselves! Yea… kids have more energy, more will power and way more stamina than us parents do. You’ll wear down before the so much as look at a piece of celery. However… there are some great sneaky foods out there that will have your kids eating healthy in no time. Try this Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce, this Carrot Mac and Cheese and this Double Chocolate Zuchinni Bread.
- Make it fun! Veggies are not the most interesting thing in the world. Not even to us who like them. To kids? It’s like… blah. But add fun shapes, favorite characters and color and BAM! Most interesting food ever. Go ahead.. let them play with their food!
- Have them cook. This is the one that finally worked on Sofia. We went to a local farm, picked our own veggies (which she LOVED) and when we got home, she helped prepare and “cook” them. When we were done, she was extra eager to see what her creation tasted like. I highly recommend this. No only is it bonding time, but they actually get excited to eat healthy.
- Don’t make separate meals. This is my mom’s old school way and it worked for us. My mom would make one meal for us all and it was eat or starve. She told me… when kids are hungry, they will eat what they have. Teach them that they need to eat their meal and that any tantrum won’t be catered to.
These are just a few easy tips to keep your kids healthy. You can more tips and info at SheKnows Children’s Health. I’d love to hear how you keep your kids healthy!