Vegetables / Vegetables for children.
An observation by Bryan Knox
My experience with getting kids to eat vegetables can be approached
at 2 stages of a childs developement.
First Stage: From the beginning. My daughter
would eat anything because I gave her everything. As soon as she
was able, she ate vegetables and had vegetables as snacks. Most
kids will eat just about any kind of vegetable if properly presented
Fresh vegetables are the easiest way to get children to eat vegetables
and possible the most nutritious. Removing anything remotely gross
or scary is very important to a child. When I was a kid, I thought
a spider lived in the bottom of every apple. It was very important
to remove this part of the apple as well as the seeds to get me
to eat it. If you are serving vegetables to a child remove the
stems, seeds or leaves to make it more palletable.
If properly presented and promoted children will grow up eating
vegetables and loving them.
Second Stage: Introducing vegetables to a child
who has been trained to be a picky eater. This can be a difficult
task. Generally you can pack a ton of vegetables in Spaghetti
sauce if you cut them up small enough. Creamed soups are another
way to get vegetables into your child. Simple salads with just
lettuce and grated carrots may be introduced without much resistance.
If all else fails, wait. Wait about 2 hours and your childs attitude
towards vegetables will change. As long as a child is dependant
on a parent to eat, there will be children who can be taught to
If you as a parent do not like vegetables, you will probably
teach your children the same eating habits.