Kids might not like eating things like broccoli or cauliflower, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t eat healthy food. As a kid, we can be a bit picky, but some simply refuse to eat it. A user on a popular internet forum asked: “What is the best approach for children who refuse to eat healthy foods?” which sparked a debate in the comments. Here are the top responses.
Finding Foods They Do Like
One foodie shared: “There's always healthy foods that kid will like, you just gotta find them. No kid hates every single vegetable.
I was really picky as a kid about vegetables, still can't stand a lot of them, but peas, carrots, or some sauteed broccoli I'd eat every time.”
One foodie shared: “I know someone who was successful at the rule, you don't have to eat the whole thing but you must try it. It helps them get used to the flavor and texture of things. Its a gradual process to keep their palate varied or you'll end up with a picky teen and weird adult habits.
Otherwise, it's hiding it- smoothies with spinach in it. Calling zucchini bread cake (it basically is, lol). It depends on the issue- is it the color? Texture? Some people just cover vegetables in cheese just to get it in their stomachs... make sure, and no offense, that you aren't overcooking your vegetables in the first place. I have a friend who still won't eat them because her memory of it is a brown soggy mess.”
Get them Involved
One foodie shared: “Include them in grocery shopping and look up cooking videos on YouTube to make the veggies taste better. Involve them in food prep and give them a chance to have a voice with their food. Kids usually get more adventurous when they have the space to make the mistake or to learn.”
Encourage Just One Bite
One foodie shared: “I do a “no thank you bite” where they must take at least one decent sized bite and chew up and swallow it before they can tell me they don’t like it. Also giving the illusion of choice may work like asking “do you want broccoli with cheese or spinach salad?” Or sometimes I will ask them to help me by taking a bite while I’m still cooking and asking “does this need more salt?””
Don’t Give Them Other Options
One foodie shared: “You provide them with healthy food choices, and when they're hungry, they'll eat. You don't have to force them to eat or make it a big deal if they don't want to eat. You just make food available to them, and they can choose to eat what's available or not.”
Make it Special
One foodie shared: “My dad would intentionally not put veggies on my plate and when I thought he was cheating me and called him on it he told me (insert veggie) was adult food and not for kids. Really annoyed me cause I wanted to be “big”! Then he’d let me try it and I’d end up eating bean sprouts or something cause I thought I was cool. Reverse psychology!”
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