3 Creative Ways to Get Your Children to Eat Their Vegetables
One of the major challenges parents must face is getting their children to eat their veggies. But, fear not – here are some healthy, simple recipes you can try!
Parenting is tough and is a lifelong commitment. With college and graduate school becoming the norm, your children may remain dependent on you after they're 18. And if you've been following along with Emaxhealth's articles, you know how important vegetables are – they can delay aging, prevent diseases, promote growth, and are essential for a healthy, long life.
No doubt, you'll want your kids to eat vegetables every day, and this might even be a condition for their continued support and living arrangements after they've become adults.
The trick is not forcing your children to eat their veggies – but instilling a fondness to vegetables. If you force someone to do something they don't like, that will reinforce a negative neural feedback in their brain that may last their lives. If you instill a positive neural feedback, your children will more likely repeat the process on their own.
If you get your children to like eating vegetables, your job becomes easier in the long run – you won't have to remind or force them. From that perspective, spending the effort to come up with creative ways to make vegetables more fun to eat actually saves you time and energy in the long term.
Here are a few healthy ways to make vegetables taste yummy:
Broccoli and cheese. This classic tastes oh so delicious. Boil broccoli and strain. Place grated or slices of American cheese on top, and microwave. It's now ready to serve! Alternatively, if you want to avoid using a microwave, you can slowly heat the cheese in the oven until it melts. Cheese isn't super healthy, but it's also not a junk food – it's still rich in calcium and protein. It's better to have your kids eating cheese every night than having them not eat broccoli.
Carrots, cabbage, and broccoli sauteed in sweet soy sauce. It's far easier to eat vegetables when they're prepared in some kind of sauce. Eating raw carrots, cabbage, and broccoli isn't so great because they're kind of tasteless and can be rough in your mouth. But the wonders of soy sauce can come to the rescue! Boil carrots, cabbage, and broccoli for a minute (don't make them too soft), then chop them up into medium-sized forkable chunks. Place them in an oiled frying pan and pour enough soy sauce to cover them. Mix in a few teaspoons of sugar. Mix everything for five minutes and then serve on a plate. Soy sauce is actually very healthy for you – it's rich in probiotics and can help alleviate IBS. The sugar isn't healthy, but you can make up for it by lessening the bread, potatoes, or rice serving with your children's main meal.
Add broccoli and carrots to a non-red sauce pasta meal. You'd be surprised how much broccoli and carrots you can fit nicely into a pasta and chicken dish! This is a sneaky way to get your children to eat vegetables without them noticing. Carrots and broccoli taste great and nicely complement non-red sauce pasta meals. They add a nice contrast to the blend of pasta and chicken.
Make parenting easier by getting your children to love their veggies. Try these recipes for your next few dinners and see which one works best. Remember to switch it up because eating the same thing every night can become boring. If you're successful, then your children will cook these for themselves when they're 18 and older!