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How do you get kids to eat their veggies?

Post  chocolatepop on 5/31/2010, 10:18 pm

Have them plant, grow, and pick them! My three year old helped me plant my "salad" TT box. We had to harvest because the heat is sending some of my spinach and arugala to seed. Everything is from my garden minus the tomato, which is from a local farmers market.








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Wonderful!

Post  Shoda on 5/31/2010, 10:31 pm

Thank you for sharing! Your daughter is just lovely! Love it!

I have also found that my kids are much more open to eating vegetables they have grown themselves. My 11 year old twins both sampled radishes today for the first time. In fact, my daughter tried them twice. She didn't like them either time but she tried them a second time. That is amazing for her! She is a very picky eater.

I have also noticed that if they see their parents trying to eat new foods, the kids will too. Congratulations on your garden victory and thanks for sharing.
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Love this!

Post  jenjehle on 5/31/2010, 10:37 pm

I love seeing pictures like this! So adorable. Love your daughter toothless smile! I think kids are so cute when they have a tooth missing Smile

My daughter would gladly be a vegetarian. Can't get her to eat much meat but boy will she eat vegetables!

What about radishes? Does your daughter eat/like radishes? Usually kids aren't too found of them.


Here's my daughter with our first 2 strawberries-



Thanks for posting your pictures!! Your little girl looks sweet!
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Post  chocolatepop on 5/31/2010, 10:44 pm

Thank you!

And Jenny your munchkin is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.! And looks very proud of her stash. Now the question... did you get any
Azalea is a little veggie any way. She will choose veggies over meat almost any day. So it wasn't hard to get her to eat the veggies. But I was excited to just see HOW excited she was. She ate collard greens the other night and devoured them! And, like your daughter, she has a "rabish" for the first time and liked it. It was young and not hot and woody yet. Last year she would go to the garden and just pick green beans and eat them from the plant, and we had to watch her closely because she was eating so many tomatoes that she had atomic poop

Her third "rabish"



Yes, the toothless smile is the result of an end table when she was two
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Post  Momma Pajama on 6/1/2010, 12:26 am

I agree, chocolatepop! My two sons are older (13 and 16) and are pretty good about eating what we give them, but when the veggies are from the garden they are ENTHUSIASTIC! So far we have had lettuce, spinach, bok choy and kale and they loved them all. I even served the kale raw in a dark green cole slaw.

I mentioned to my 13 year old that I was planning to increase the strawberries next year, and wouldn't put the lettuce and spinach in that bed again. He was like, "What?! Less spinach and lettuce?? Why??" I was thinking, Who ARE you, child? I had to explain that I have more beds planned for next year and that our spinach and lettuce crops will move there.

My sis-in-law has also turned on her 5 and 3 year olds to corn and to snap peas since they started a garden.
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Re: How do you get kids to eat their veggies?

Post  jtwenting on 6/1/2010, 2:15 am

Don't force them. If you force a kid to eat something they'll naturally dislike it.
As a kid I was constantly told I had to eat specific amounts of this and that, getting a large plate of boiled cabbage under my nose every day for 6 months on end.
That generates aversion.
Also, variety is the spice of life. Prepare the food in different ways, see what tastes they like and dislike (you'd not consciously prepare food for yourself that you don't like the taste of, so why do it to your children?).

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No forcing here....

Post  jenjehle on 6/1/2010, 7:24 am

@jtwenting wrote:Don't force them. If you force a kid to eat something they'll naturally dislike it.
As a kid I was constantly told I had to eat specific amounts of this and that, getting a large plate of boiled cabbage under my nose every day for 6 months on end.
That generates aversion.
Also, variety is the spice of life. Prepare the food in different ways, see what tastes they like and dislike (you'd not consciously prepare food for yourself that you don't like the taste of, so why do it to your children?).

I think the point of this thread is that there doesn't need to be any forcing. Growing the veggies ourselves has naturally turned the kids onto what they see on their plates. That it gets them excited about eating what the family has worked hard at producing themselves. That's the awesome parts of SFG'ing. The kids can be involved, they are proud of the veggies, as a result, they are eating these things without any coersion from the parents. No forcing needed Smile
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Post  Momma Pajama on 6/1/2010, 8:46 am

Something fun we've done is to ask about varieties when we go to the farmer's market. That way the kids can taste-test the fruits and veggies that grow in this area and we can plan to grow them ourselves NEXT year.
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Re: How do you get kids to eat their veggies?

Post  chocolatepop on 6/1/2010, 9:09 am

We do that also! And she is such a ham she gets "free taste" at the farmers markets often.

Or, we get on the laptop together, or get the seed catelog out and pick seeds. Typically it is everything that is pink or purple, hence why we will plant pink popcorn, purple beans, blue/purple potatoes, chard, carrots, broccoli, etc.

And no, no forcing needed here!
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Re: How do you get kids to eat their veggies?

Post  LaFee on 6/1/2010, 2:13 pm

but if you're frustrated...there are some tricks, too.

I used to puree zucchini and put it into spaghetti sauce. I whizzed thawed and drained frozen spinach with the ricotta and egg to make lasagne (and it became the requested ingredient!)...eggplant parmigiana was a huge favourite at our house, even when we had the "I'm four and I'm not gonna eat it" bug going strong...

There are always ways to slip veggies into things without the kids suspecting...until they quit resisting and try them at their own pace.

(Mine still won't eat salad, though...LOVES cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and can out-eat me in asparagus, which is impressive...but won't touch a bowl of lettuce)

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Post  chocolatepop on 6/1/2010, 2:36 pm

good ideas. I use all of those in addition to other tricks, like beets in chocolate cake, or pumkpin or even sweet potato in cake/cookies is a favorite.

This morning she asked where the beans where. I told her, just wait baby a little longer.
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