Veggies don’t have to be a constant dinner table battle. Make it fun with these 8 tips from Hello Fresh…
1. Get them Involved in Cooking
Lauren’s a HelloFresh customer and mom. Her stepson’s such a fussy eater and she recently shared: “No longer are we hiding spinach in his smoothies. Instead, we’ve realized that involving him in the cooking process can really get him excited about food. He used to hate eggs, and almost any food that wasn’t beige. Helping us knock up a fancy Eggs Florentine at the weekend (and pretending we’re in Italy) is a sure fire way to get him wolfing down whole-wheat bread, eggs and spinach.”
Perhaps even enrolling in a cooking class together would make a great impression on young minds.
2. Try Using Dips
It’s a bit sneaky but it could work. Just cut up some carrots or cucumber and dip it into your kid’s favorite dip. If you get them to choose the dip… they can’t say no!
3. Practice What you Preach
The moms’ out there know it’s the truth! If you enjoy vegetables sincerely, that will rub off on your kids. There’s no way of getting your kids to eat their veggies if you don’t actively and consistently eat them and rejoice when you do. Make sure you really show how much you’re enjoying them in every meal. Stop making the meat and potatoes the hero of every dish, and try making veggies shine in a meal once a week – rather than just a side. Make sure you don’t always cook veggies in the same recognizable way.
4. Put Salad on the Table
Jamie Oliver isn’t just a chef, he’s also a dad. He was chatting about his kids recently and he gave a great tip: “One of my top tips is to always have a big bowl of salad on the table for them to get used to – even better, if you put it out ten minutes before the dinners ready, they’ll be so hungry they might even start picking at it.”
Maybe you’d like to take the whole family out to a mega veggie experience at one of Zurich’s best vegetarian restaurants.
5. The “Try It” Rule
Make a new house rule. Everyone in the house – kids and adults – have to take at least have one significant bite of something, even if they don’t like it. Apparently some foods take up to 10 times of trying to acquire a taste for them. Don’t get discouraged if your child doesn’t like it the 1st, 2nd or even 9th time – keep on trying. You know what they say – practice makes perfect!
6. Word it Differently
When you say words like healthy, fit, “good for you” to a child, it doesn’t really have the same impact as it has on adults. Kids have yet to see aging so they will rarely see health benefits as a trigger to do something. It’s not a quick process, but tell them the story of the vegetable, where it came from originally and how it got to their plates. Kids love a good story, so if you can get them to love the story… they’re way more likely to try the food. Even better? Get them to grow it themselves!
Speaking wording… sometimes it’s hard to know what ingredients in a foreign country are called. Take our cheat sheet shopping with you next time to save some guess time.
7. Fruit Salad, Kids?
Make a delicious fruit salad and hide some veggies in it. Go for the sweeter ones (like carrots or sweetcorn pieces) make sure all the pieces of fruit and veg are pretty small so those kids won’t be able to notice the difference!
8. Don’t Make a Fuss
If your kids don’t like something, don’t make a big deal out of it; just try again at a later date. Make it easier for you and them by having a meal plan.
Article & Photos by Zuri Girl Ashley Ringger…Ashley regularly contributes fun and insightful articles about life in Switzerland. She might even know more about the country than her Swiss husband! Ashley splits her working life between an international school and Set Sails Media. In her spare time this California native likes to stay active by going to the gym, sewing, traveling, and cooking with/for friends. She also can’t say no to a good book.