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.

Take a Dip Without the Guilt

We all like a little veggie with our dip.

Your child’s hummingbird metabolism may cause him or her to ask for a snack every hour, but you want feed them whole foods loaded with nutritional benefits as often as possible. The good news is you don’t have to feel guilty about letting your kiddos coat their carrots in Creamy Ranch. 

Can your go-to veggie dip do that?

Be a BrocStar: A Fun Way to Help Your Kids Eat Veggies

Vegy Vida was developed by moms. BVV (Before Vegy Vida), you could ask any of our moms what dinner time was like and you’d be met with heavy sighs, little laughs and veggie negotiation tales. We set out on this mission so we could hear about happy mealtimes and magic moments.

Vegy Vida helps start the veggie relationship with your kiddo, but sometimes they need a little incentive. (Don’t we all?)

We created a tool called the BrocStar Certificate.

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.

Phosphates – The Little-Known Additive that May Threaten Kids’ Bones

Nutrition experts warn that phosphate additives will be the “trans fats of the future.” Why is this a worry for our kids? Because the compound, often found in fast and processed food, can compromise bone health.

Why did the concerned mom cross the road? To get a healthier chicken sandwich.

Fast-food chicken and other foods are under the gun for an ingredient that generally is healthy, but in some cases can actually be harmful: phosphates.

Veggies Against the (Common) Cold: Mother Nature’s Best Defense

The picture of health might look a lot like a broccoli floret. Lots of veggies pack a high dose of immunity-building vitamin C. Here’s a look at some of the best C-rich veggies for cold season.

We’ll tell you one thing Peter Piper never picked: his nose.

And thanks to all of those peppers he picked, he probably didn’t have to blow it much, either.

This is because peppers,

Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? 10 Do’s and Don’ts

How good for you has the line “It’s good for you” been? Kids are more complex than we think when it comes to vegetable acceptance. Here are a few simple guidelines to help kids to learn to like their veggies.

In the movie “Inside Out,” the story’s protagonist is confronted with what most kids would consider a horrifying offer – a slice of what should be delicious pizza, except it’s covered in (gasp!) broccoli.

Taking the Labor Out of the Picnic: 6 Easy, Veggie-Friendly Recipes

For many parents, getting the little ones to eat veggies is no picnic. Let’s change that this Labor Day. These six kid-approved veggie recipes, from our kitchen and others, will be a picnic basket hit.

This Labor Day, let’s not make feeding the kids any more work than it should be. In fact, let’s make it a picnic.

We know, broccoli in a blanket may not sound like a day at the beach.

How Veggies Make The Earth A Cleaner, Greener Place

Veggies not only help kids grow up healthy and intelligent, they keep the earth in its best shape as well. Here are some of the most earth-friendly veggies and how they nourish the planet.

Many of us planted trees and cleaned creeks on Earth Day. But Krystle Sims-Cameron and her son, Khaliq, gave the earth one of the nicest gifts it could ask for: seeds for mini-eggplants, peas, tomatoes, zucchini and more.

A Green Bean Got Me an “A”: Veggies As Brain Food

Leafy greens and other veggies can be as important to a child’s intelligence as sleep and physical activity. Sadly, sometimes these veggies can be a hard sell. Here are some magical ways to make them a welcome addition to mealtime.

Once upon a time there was a very smart cookie in the kitchen. She fed her kids green veggies, and they were happy.

No, this is not a fairy tale,