Hi Harvest Snaps Fans! Lunches + Littles here and we are so excited to be taking over the Harvest Snaps blog today to share some of our tips with you on how we get our little ones to eat their vegetables.
Now, if you follow us over on our feed, @lunchesandlittles, you probably already know that we love color, easy recipes and making healthy meals fun. But what about those vegetables? Especially the green ones? Below we are sharing 3 easy tips for getting your little one(s) to eat their veggies, because who doesn’t want that, right?
1. MAKE IT FUN:
We are alllll about making meals fun on our feed- after all, we all eat with our eyes first. And when it comes to veggies, we often spend the most time getting creative. Now, don’t worry- fun doesn’t have to mean complicated, or impossible to replicate. Sometimes for us, fun looks like share platters – pairing lots of loved foods with some that may otherwise get skipped over. Sometimes the fun element simply comes from the presentation. Other easy ideas to make a meal more fun: playful dishes, food picks and occasional food art.
2. USE DIPS, VEGGIE CHIPS (HARVEST SNAPS), ETC. TO HELP
Kids aren’t ready to eat up that serving of green peas? Offer them some Harvest Snaps Pea Crisps, or another veggie with a dip. Harvest Snap Pea Crisps could be a great stepping stone to cooked peas, and the crispy crunch a more familiar texture. Another option are dips. When it comes to veggies and kids: dips, such as ranch, blue cheese, ketchup and others are great for offering kids a fun way of eating less loved foods. We go through a lot of ranch in our home, but that also means that we are eating our veggies. Don’t stress about dips- they are such an easy and often effective way to get little ones interested in something that they may otherwise prefer to skip over completely. Perfect for Snaptime!
3. EAT YOUR OWN VEGGIES!
This one may seem obvious, but it is surprising how often we hear people talking about how they can’t get their kids to each such and such veggies, when they themselves pass on them. Kids are the best imitators! Let your little one(s) see you enjoying vegetables whatever that looks like- cooked, in a smoothie, raw with dip, etc. And play it up if you have to! When we make veggies cool, and eating them is a regular thing, kids will see it as regular and dare we say, cool thing too! So start with your own plate; you may be surprised to see your little one’s interest pique!
Check out our feed @lunchesandlittles for more about Harvest Snap Pea Crisps as well as other kid-friendly ideas perfect for the whole family!