Feeding time! I shout out loud to beckon my hungry daughter (when she was around 5-6 years old then) to come and eat. She would come running fast to the dining area and go on a complete halt, looking at the food on her plate. And in an instance, she’s gone from the dining area. Well, was what in her plate that made her do an about-face? Sigh…
That was the usual scenario during feeding time when she was a young child. It took a lot of prodding with matching bribery just to get her to eat anything than chicken nuggets. It was a big challenge to overcome. I have tried many tricks up my sleeves only to fail one after the other. However, would I let a 5 year old kid get the better of me?
These tips will help you overcome that challenge we face when we feed our fussy eaters. There are always ways to make them eat their dreaded vegetables. Here are some tips to help you get by:
Puree, use them as sauce or soup
(Photo taken from pinterest/credit to popsugar)
Does you picky eater have a sensor and can tell that you’re tricking them by giving them concealed vegetables somewhere in their meal? Well, if you puree them then they won’t be able to tell. Puree the vegetables and serve like a soft food for them to try and enjoy. You can also use them as a sauce for topping and dipping their usual meal like chicken nuggets.
This is one trick I learned to use to my young daughter then. She didn’t realise there was some small carrots, potatoes and peas inside her chicken nuggets. I would make chicken nuggets from scratch and insert small cut vegetables and cook the nuggets the way I would normal food.
Incorporate them with your main dish
When making their usual meals, try to incorporate some vegetables in their food like rice with corn kernels, diced carrots, peas or add them to their eggs like vegetable omelettes.
Kids love colour. They are attracted to many colours on their plate. Why not juice some vegetables and make them drink them. I juice carrots with apples and pears and it turned out very tasty and acceptable to young, discerning palate.
Have you tried making bento boxes? Parents these days prepare yummy and very fun way of packing food for their kids using decorations for their meals. Use these colourful vegetables as decorations that they can eat as well.
(Photos not mine, due credit given to the owners/taken from pinterest)
Well, I hope you get to convince your little ones to eat their vegetables to be healthy and fit. Enjoy!