One of the things I get asked most is, "How do you get your child to eat vegetables?". I guess I am mostly really lucky with Lexi. She is an adventurous little spirit and will try almost anything. There is a little more to it though!
I have one simple rule…. just one. You are not allowed to say you don’t like something unless you have had a taste. A proper taste. Bite, chew and swallow. If Lexi really doesn’t like something, she doesn’t have to eat it. My friends all know that I quote Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham ad nauseum. But it really does work.
Of course, all children will eat something one day and then refuse it the next. In my opinion that’s ok too, as adults we don’t always feel like eating something. But the one taste rule still applies. And often Lexi will often end up eating it anyway.
I highly recommend parents of fussy children buy themselves a copy of Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (available on Takealotfor R209). Seinfeld has developed a month’s worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in macaroni cheese, and cabbage in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear-out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that ‘must have’ the latest sugar bomb cereal.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing tips, tricks, recipes and expert opinions on getting your children to eat more vegetables.
In the meantime, check out my Pinterest board here for ideas.
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