Getting kids to eat vegetables is a somewhat impossible task for most parents. Everyone knows veggies are good for you, and yet, according to Senior Health Writer from NBC News Health Maggie Fox three-quarters of Americans are not eating enough of them. somehow that message is lost in translation.
Is there a way you can encourage, entice or counsel kids to get more vegetables into their diets? Absolutely – but it’ll take a measure of deception.
Making Veggies Appealing – It’s All About Presentation
In order to get kids to eat vegetables, you don’t have to exactly lie. Finicky eaters always have their guard up – and it doesn’t help the situation when too much information is put on the table (literally). The following kid-approved recipes incorporate healthy vegetables with a fun, whimsical twist that allows them to look delicious in a matter of minutes.
4 Veggie Recipes for Finicky Kids
Check out this quartet of kid-approved snacks and meals:
There’s something about food on a stick that makes any meal more palatable – and more fun to eat! This vegetable kabob recipe is easy to assemble, and gets a lemony, citrusy kick. And who doesn’t love a recipe with only 6 ingredients?
Sounds so good, the adults will want to try it, too! Packed with vitamins and minerals (thanks to everyone’s favorite fall veggie), this soup is perfect as a meal by itself or an afterschool snack. Most kids can eat veggies once they’ve been altered, and this soup’s creamy texture (a far cry from raw pumpkin flesh) is hard to resist!
The mean, green zucchini is a tough sell for kids, but these muffins pass both the eyeball test and the taste test! Insanely simple to make (try making it with your child for some quality time together), zucchini muffins excel as a quick breakfast treat, mid-day snack and more.
Want to get more veggies in your child’s diet? Cover them in cheese. Packed with nutrition and flavor, this is a favorite dish for the whole family. Get creative and try different vegetable combinations for a new twist each time.
We hope these recipes will satisfy even the most diehard anti-veggie child out there. Eating more vegetables is a great way to stay healthy, and so are regular trips to the doctor’s office. Urgent Care Extra, the leading network of walk-in medical clinics in Arizona and Nevada, provides long-term care for the entire family, along with immediate medical attention for injuries and illnesses.
Stop by any of our 40+ walk-in locations across the southwest – we’d love to help you today! For more information on Urgent Care Extra, please call us at (480) 988-9108. Thanks for checking out the UCE blog – and stop back for more recipes, health tips and more!