How to Train Kids to Enjoy Vegetables: 5 Practical and Easy Approaches

How to get kids to eat vegetables

So often when I’m talking to parents about how to get their kids to eat vegetables, I go back to the examples of teaching our kids to learn how to read or learn how to ride a bike.

These concepts are so familiar for parents that the analogies of “learning” to do these things is obvious, especially compared to talking about the more abstract idea of “getting our kids to do something,” like eating their vegetables.

Beta-Carotene: The Kid-Friendly Nutrient That’s Easy on the Eyes

The provider of eye-catching color in carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes, beta-carotene is transformed in the body to our eyes’ best friend – vitamin A. Where to find it and one A+ recipe.

If vitamin A is a super nutrient, then consider beta-carotene the Clark Kent of good health.

The pigment that gives many veggies and fruits their orange or red pigment, beta-carotene transforms into vitamin A in our bodies.

Little Slice of Healthy: 5 Veggie Sandwiches for the Kids

Let’s give peanut butter and bologna a break. Peas and peppers make great bread mates as well, and carry a bunch of energy-rich vitamins essential for a kid’s healthy development. Here are five kid-friendly veggie sandwiches that pack well for lunch.

When it comes to good nutrition, a sandwich without veggies is full of baloney.

Sure, cold cuts and PB&J are great go-to’s for lunch in a pinch, but have you tried a full veggie sandwich?

After the Bell (Pepper): 5 After-School Veggie Snacks for Smarty-Pants

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Kids run out of fuel fast. In the time it takes to say “peanut butter and celery” they can go from full energy to full meltdown. Turn after-school snack time into an opportunity to jump-start your kid’s motor and memory. These five veggie-rich snacks include kid-friendly ingredients that should pass your little one’s smell test.

It may just be a coincidence. Kids get out of school the same time that our circadian rhythms recover from one of the day’s strongest sleep-drive periods.

Preparing of the (Kid-Friendly) Greens: 5 Recipes Worth Their Weight in Gold

St. Patrick might have worn a shamrock on his shirt, but the greens in his belly were more likely to give him the luck, and good health, of the Irish. Here are five kid-friendly recipes for green veggies that even your little leprechauns could celebrate.

If we are to feed our kids a rainbow of veggies, then consider the green ones to be the pot of gold on the other side.

5 Veggie-Rich Soups Kids Can Help Make

Few foods say love like hot soup. Ask the kids to help you make a batch and you have warm memories, not to mention the start of a tradition. These five kid-friendly veggie soup recipes are easy, versatile and fun to make together. 

Few foods feed a child’s soul, not to mention belly, as well as hot soups.

A bowl of soup is like a warm bath for the soul.

The Sweet Potato: A Sweetheart of a Meal Maker for Little Sweetie Pies

Chock-full of essential nutrients including vitamins A and, the sweet potato has become a sweetheart of American meals. It’s among the most versatile of veggies in the produce section, as these recipes will prove, and it’s easy to find year round. Just don’t call it a yam.

If a sweet potato could talk, it likely would tell you this: “I yam not your typical tuber!”

True enough, sweet potatoes are pretty darn special.

Lettuce Begin: 5 Winter Salads Your Kids Will Love

If your kids tend to skip salad then try making it the main event. We’ve got five hearty winter salads brimming with nutritious veggies and dressed with sweet-and-salty fruits and proteins.

For many kids, these are the salad days. So why not dress them up?

Salad days are those when we are young and inexperienced. So isn’t it natural to fill them with actual salads with new tastes? Makes no difference that it’s cold out.

Veggie Spotlight: The Misunderstood Brussels Sprout

They’re awfully cute, but Brussels sprouts tend to evoke crinkly noses, not kisses, at mealtime. We’ve got a nutritional explanation why they should bring kisses, and recipes that might straighten up little noses.

At home, we often call Brussels sprouts “little cabbage.” In France, saying the same might just get you a kiss.

That’s because the French term for sweetheart, “petit chou,” literally translates to little cabbage. And therefore,

Plymouth Broc: 6 Veggie Recipes to be Grateful for on Thanksgiving

Other than the marshmallow sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving vegetables are often a challenge for kids. These six kid-friendly recipes could make parents (and little ones) thankful for veggies.

If you think this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will present a couple of challenges with the kids, consider what was served at the first Thanksgiving feast.

Besides turkey, cranberries and clams, the 1621 menu is said to have included onions, beans, spinach,