Eat Your Veg tips grid
Come down with a bug eat lots of veg
When everyone came down with a bug and I was the only one who didn’t get ill, I told my daughters it was because of all the veg I eat.
Sneak in avocado into fruit smoothie
My son has recently found out that I sneak avocado in to his breakfast fruit smoothies and is really excited to find out that he likes it. I think it makes him feel grown up - but he would never have tried it usually.
Strangely my kids LOVE frozen corn, not when it’s cooked but when it’s still frozen. I have a right old giggle every time they ask for it. It also works a treat when they are teething, the coldness really soothes their little mouths.
Carrots before dinner
Carrots have always been an easy sell. They have them raw while I’m cooking dinner. Sometimes I even serve ALL their veggies before their main meal. It’s amazing what goes in their little mouths when they are hungry.
Appealing plate, colour variety
We make sure that his plate looks appetising with colour and variety. Then he can choose what he wants, we make sure that we don’t over fill his plate too. Giving children too much food on a plate can really put them off; it has to be in proportion.
Spinach in toasted sandwiches
I put fresh spinach in toasted sandwiches which by the time it’s heated up it's hard to pull out so he eats it anyway.
Act in voices for veg
The trick that works best with mine is to voice the veg and make it into a mini drama with reverse psychology. I’m no actor so I have two horrendously stereotypical voices; a high pitched posh toff pleading “please don’t eat me you meany” or a low cockney gangster voice challenging them, “you just try and eat me sunshine”.
Make it with you cut up veg
My favourite is the 'get them to make it with you' technique. You'll be amazed how much salmon stir fry they wolf down if they cut up the veg first.
Texture mushrooms spinach
Texture can be the key - quite often it's not the flavour that is the issue. Mushrooms, spinach etc are tricky - try them raw.
Don’t use food as reward
I don't use food as a reward as I read that can encourage bad associations with food.
I keep changing our veg as the season changes and am teaching my boys about seasonal food.
Pick plant carrots
My mum let them choose which carrots to pick from her garden and told them all about how she had planted them, watered them and now they were ready for dinner that night. It was like a lightbulb switched on in their heads and they actually asked if they could try a carrot!