Children are naturally fussy about food especially when it comes to eating green vegetables and salads. Our modern lifestyle has children exposed to various ready-made and unhealthy junk food items that mostly provide empty calories without significant nutrition. Though difficult, it is absolutely essential that mothers inculcate the habit of eating fresh veggies and fruits in their children.
Greens are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are essential for the healthy growth and development of young children and also to boost their immune system. Just try and be innovative in the way you present veggies to your kids and they will surely love it. Here are a few tricks and innovative suggestions that will help you dish out veggies to your kids in an appetizing manner and your little kids will surely love the appearance and taste of these dishes.
The appearance of a dish makes a huge difference to kids’ liking towards them, hence try to include varied colored fruits and veggies in a salad, topping it with a sweet and tangy honey vinegar dressing. Healthy veggies such as bell peppers, beetroots, carrots, cherry tomatoes, etc could be used to make a colorful and crunchy salad, the colorful and fresh look of which will instantly lure your kids to sample the salad. Learn how to turn junk foods that kids love such pizzas and burgers into healthy treats by including a variety of healthy vegetable toppings such spinach, olives, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc. Also, kids have a fancy towards sweet tasting dishes. Whip up a fruit salad consisting of seasonal fruits, topping it off with a sweetened whipped cream and a fruit crush and here you have a healthy dessert for your kids, loaded with the goodness of fruits.
Introduce the concept of snacking on veggies by making your kids eat finger foods in form of carrot or zucchini sticks alongside their favorite dip. A yet another innovative way to sneak in veggies into your kids’ diet is to make healthy vegetable muffins or fruit/vegetable breads. Banana carrot muffins, pumpkin muffins, etc are healthy and most children will love to carry this as a snack to school.
A few innovative tricks are all that is needed to get your kids to love veggies and fruits.