How do you make you kid eat vegetables?

It is a parent's endless battle when their child won't eat vegetables. The battle of persistance ends with them taking a bite of broccoli, and eating plain bread. Even though they claim they are full, the next moment they are hunting for any chocolates and sweets on the adult restricted shelves!

While it's difficult to make kids enjoy bitter foods, some of their taste palettes are purely psycological. A Middle Eastern kid will eat red peppers as snacks, and WWII children were rationed raw carrot on a stick. You can also see this effect in the regional differences of the movie “Inside Out”, where the food toddler Riley rejects is different depending on the audience. Western audience get a broccoli, but the Japanese get green bell peppers as broccoli isn't considered a hated vegetable.

Why do kids reject vegetables?

Part of this is simply an evolutionary trait of innate aversion to new tastes, which can be overcome by gradually introducing small amounts of the vegetable until their taste buds adapt.

Then there's vegetables that may have unpleasant flavors or textures that children find unappealing, such as corriander or overcooked vegetables. Overcooking a vegetable to mush takes away much of the texture and flavour that they could've enjoyed.

Finally, eating habits can influence a child's willingness to try vegetables, so it's important to find what works for your child. Offering dessert as a reward for eating vegetables could train them to believe vegetables are chores or punishments. But it can be challenging to convince children to eat something without much sugar, carbs, or fat.

Here are some tips and tricks that may help a child eat their vegetables.

Psycological Encouragement

Simple Recipes

I believe if plain vegetable isn't convincing enough, adding sugar, carbs, or fat is the key to introducing the novel ingredient.

Other behavioural training

There are many ways to skin a cat, and these are just a few examples based on personal experience. Have you found something that works for you?

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