This is something I speak to quite a bit to mums in clinic. So if your child isn’t a fan of vegetables, you’re not alone.
I want to share my top tips for you to help improve your child’s eating patterns starting TODAY! If you’re on Facebook you can catch the live video I created about fussy kids here
- Keep offering – some little kids take being offered a certain food 15 times before they will even TRY it.
- Add a couple of pieces extra to your plate and ask them to choose their own veg off your plate.
- Add a teaspoon amount of a new vegetable into a meat based sauce or meatloaf style meal such as spaghetti bolognese, rissoles, burger patties etc. So let’s say you normally just make them with meat, next week, start adding 1 tsp grated carrot. Then the next week 1 tsp grated zucchini. The next week capsicum and so on. When I make spag bol for my kids it’s literally half vegetables, half meat (and they love it).
- Try making a sauce to go over the top of steamed vegetables. Add butter, sea salt, or some garlic butter. Make the veggies a bit tastier and they’re more likely to eat them.
- Try making a “vegetarian night” at least once per week from when they are young so they get used to the texture of legumes and the benefits of the extra fibre. 80% of children don’t reach their daily target of 5 serves of vegetables (even when some are growing up in vegetarian households!)
So do your best. I understand how frustrating it can be having fussy kids at the table. Keep modelling the good food behaviours to them and eventually they will start to try the new foods.