Thursday, February 19, 2009

How To Get Children To Eat Vegetable Recipes


How To Get Children To Eat Vegetable Recipes

Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals. The problem is that you often have to tell your kids hundreds of times to eat their vegetables and they still aren't happy about it.

For some reason, children have an aversion to vegetables. They will cry and sit for hours before you finally give in and send them from the table.

Vegetables do not always have to be the enemy. The key is to find a creative way to prepare them and your family will become vegetable lovers rather than vegetable haters!

Do you remember when you were a child and your mother dropped a soggy green lump of cabbage on your plate. Did you want to eat it? Almost certainly not.

There are various ways to encourage your children to eat their vegetables. You might even need to trick them! Broccoli is an example of a vegetable, which is high in vitamin and mineral content, and there are plenty of ways to prepare it. Here are some tips:

Raw - you can put a plateful of raw broccoli in bite size pieces in the refrigerator, arranged around a little dish of salad dressing. Children love to dip their food and serving it in this way is something new for them. Leave the tips of the broccoli on the plate and either encourage your child to eat some or make a game of it. Grilled vegetable recipes are not the only way to prepare veggies.

Bribery - Do not laugh, it works! Tell your child that if he or she eats their veggies, you will give them a special treat when they are done. It is important that you follow through and give him or her the treat.

Use cheese. Cheese and broccoli go very well together. If you pour a cheese sauce over the broccoli, you are adding texture and changing the flavor. You might find your children eat the broccoli in cheese before whatever else you have served with it.

Lasagna - add broccoli to lasagna and smother it with sauce and cheese. Your children may not notice that it is there, and if they do, they will find it to be delicious.

Chopped or Minced - precook the broccoli and cool it for a while before blending it in a food processor. You can then add it to any dish you are making and your kids will not see or taste it.

Shakes - make a milkshake using ice cream milk and a lot of chocolate syrup. Add the broccoli to the shake as you are blending it. The taste of the chocolate will hide the taste of the broccoli. Just make sure that the ice cream that you use has chunks of something in it, that is not hard to find in grocery stores.

There are so many ways that you can get your children to eat their vegetables. It is a very important part of their nutrition.

By: KC Kudra..

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