I really don’t know how this happened. I followed all the rules in the baby books. I fed them green beans from the start. Introduced them to new foods. Didn’t give them the processed crap they now crave (thanks a BUNCH, daycare).
And now? I have children who are lovers of all food that is beige.
I’ve bemoaned this issue in the past. And really, not much has changed. Annie hates most meat and loves most pasta. Grace will occasionally try new stuff and eats a few more foods than Annie, but she’s pretty picky, too.
But I do have two secret weapons that I use to get my picky kids to eat their veggies.
They are really simple and I did NOT believe they’d would work. But I had nothing to lose. So I tried my wacky ideas and holy jebeezus, MY EVIL PLAN WORKED.
Veggie eating is – gasp – a regular thing in my house. Along with the consumption of beige food, of course. But my kids actually eat veggies. I’m amazed I can say that without crossing my fingers behind my back.
Every night I let the girls watch a show while I prepare dinner. They’re starving. And so I give them a snack. Or “appetizer,” as we call it.
Their snack? Veggies.
Seriously. This works. Maybe because I gave it a fancy name? Maybe because they get to watch TV while they eat their veggies? Maybe because they’re starving and don’t care what food they shovel into their mouths?
Whatever. My two munchkins happily munch on their veggies while their brains get fried in front of the boob tube. Success.
My eat your veggies strategy #2 : Eat a rainbow
Whenever I make pizza or a pasta dish that has little or no veggies, I set out a plate of veggies and dip before dinner. I call the girls to the table before the pasta comes out. They (and Hubs) are starving, so they sit and munch on “rainbow veggies” while I finish my dinner preparations.
Do they eat them because the platter looks pretty? Because they like the dip? Or just out of pure starvation? I DON’T CARE. They eat them.
Since eating many colors of veggies and fruits helps keep kids healthy, I’m relieved that my picky-pants, beige-food eaters are getting a rainbow of health from their “appetizer” produce. (Produce = mostly fruit for Annie, but she does eat frozen peas and fresh green beans – go figure.)
If your kids generally shun veggies like Annie, try a rainbow fruit kabob. Thread strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, and purple grapes onto a skewer. Pretty, fun – and yummy.
Not only do I have veggie consumption advice – I have a cool giveaway!
I’m a Boston-area mama, so I’m thrilled to partner with Boston-based New Balance and ChopChop magazine to create awareness for their “Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow” campaign.
In celebration of healthy kids and New Balance’s brand-new 890 Rainbow shoe, ChopChop – the fun cooking magazine for families - and New Balance invite you to enter a contest for chance to win a prize pack that includes a pair of Rainbow shoes, a one-year subscription to ChopChop, and a grand prize of a $400 gift card to a local grocery store. The contest is live now and runs through May (entrants must be 18 years or older).
The super-fun, stylish sneakers feature a synthetic/mesh upper, offering lightweight comfort and support, with solid rubber outsole to provide long-wearing durability for active kids. The shoes are available in infant, preschool, and grade school sizes. Infant and preschool (up to size 10) have the velcro “laces” and size 11 and up have regular laces.
Annie has not really liked wearing sneakers in the past, but now? These babies are her footwear of choice.
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Disclosure: I received a pair of New Balance kids’ sneakers and a ChopChop subscription in exchange for writing this post. All opinions, as always, are my own – because I am Honest Mom, after all.