8 Kid-Friendly Veggies

Let’s face it, kids and veggies don’t often mix, but they are a necessary part of a healthy balanced diet.  So how do parents get their kids to eat veggies?  With some creativity and thought you can come up with something kids will eat, whether by the fun factor or the presentation.

Undercover

Most everyone likes cheese, so sometimes you just have to throw some on a veggie to make it more appealing.  Both cauliflower and broccoli can be served steamed with cheese sauce.  This will do the trick much of the time.  Another way to get kids to eat broccoli is to serve it raw to dip in ranch dressing.  Dipping is fun, the dressing makes the broccoli more palatable, and it gets more veggies into your kid.

Another great undercover snack is anything with peanut butter.  Celery is a popular base for peanut butter.  Some fun extras to add are raisins, nuts, and cranberries to create “bugs” on a log, as long as they don’t mind eating “bugs!”  Other veggies to use for the “log” are carrot sticks or cucumbers.  Bananas also go great with peanut butter.  Combine for a great sandwich or toast, or in its “natural” state.  Just scoop some off a spoon with the banana and enjoy.

Kid-Friendly Veggies

Play With Your Food

Slice a sweet potato in thin slices and bake in the oven until crispy.  Although they won’t look like conventional potato chips, they taste great and are a great snack that delivers vitamins A, C, and B6.  Another way to serve sweet potatoes is to bake or microwave, mash, and add a sprinkle of white or brown sugar and butter to sweeten up your sweet potato to make it go down easier.

Carrot “fries” are another undercover vegetable kids will love.  Cut carrots into fry shapes with a crinkle potato cutter, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  These taste great and although kids will know they are not French fries, they are fun to eat so most kids won’t mind.

Pizza is a kid favorite usually, so have kids help you whip up a personalized pizza with an English or pita crust and top with tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, and various cut up veggies such as roasted red peppers, red onion, diced tomatoes or Roma tomato slices, basil leaves, mushrooms, and green onions.

Baked potato head from the microwave decorated with grape tomatoes for eyes, peas, pretzel sticks for arms and low-fat shredded cheese to make a smiley face is a fun dinner.  Kids will enjoy helping you in the kitchen and have fun with Mr. Potato Head for dinner.

In the summertime, there is an abundance of fresh veggies from the garden or the local farmer’s market.  Mix up a dinner salad, with help from the kids, with leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins or cranberries, and low-fat cheese.  Supply a kid -friendly dressing, such as ranch, put each ingredient in a separate bowl and let everyone make their own to their liking.

Another way to incorporate veggies is to add them to something kids like to eat, like in a sandwich wrap.  Add some type of leafy greens and shredded carrots to meat and cheese with a splash of dressing or other condiment and roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla.

Some kids love veggies, but most do not care for them quite that much.  Most of the time kids, even ones who previously ate some vegetables, will at some point turn them down flat.  So get creative and boost the healthy in your kid’s diet.

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