Buy this new juice! Each glass has two hidden servings of vegetables!
Give your kids this brand of tomato sauce! Two servings of veggies are hidden - they'll never know!
Put sugar on your kids' vegetables! They'll never know they're eating veggies.
1) Every day when you're making dinner, and the kids are getting crabby because they're hungry, set out some veggies on the counter. Peas, green beans, broccoli, cut up carrots, peppers, etc. As the kids come in and out of kitchen (or help with preparing the meal), they can snack on the veggies. Come dinner, if they don't finish every thing on their plate, don't worry. They've already eaten the best part that you'd otherwise be pushing them to eat at the table.
2) During the day, set out veggies at their level for the kids to eat whenever they want. Instead of snacks like chips, cookies, candy, or other processed foods, they'll be able to eat healthy.
It sounds perfect and magical, and you imagine your stubborn little one happily crunching on a whole head of kale. Unfortunately, it's not going to happen overnight. I'm still working on this with L.O. Repeated exposure is going to work eventually. She enjoys potatoes, avocados, sweet potatoes, and sometimes peas. I hope to add more to the list.
I know the other problem is that we eat lots of sugar in our home. Little Olive knows that eventually, if she refuses the healthy food long enough, she'll get one of her "approved' foods. Oh I know...go ahead and deduct 10 points from my score. The reason I'm openly admitting this is because I actually just realized it a couple days ago. When you're in the picture, all you want is your child to be happy and full. But alas, I've totally turned into one of those moms who will pick out all the purple Fruit Loops for my kid because he refuses to eat any of the other colors! Or any other food for that matter. (I don't do this; I heard a story about a mom who did.)
But NO. Believe it or not, kids will learn. If parents are strong and consistent enough, kids will eventually learn that Mommy and Daddy aren't going to give in. Eventually they will realize that they can't dictate what foods are best for them. So this week, I'm starting to cut back on the amount of sugar in Little Olive's diet and expose her repeatedly to veggies. Wish me luck! I'll give you an update in a couple weeks.