As all mums know, kids are notorious for refusing to eat their greens. In many households, meal time is a real battle, with the kids refusing to eat anything that is healthy. For us mums, this behaviour can be a real nightmare.
When your children start refusing to eat their fruits and vegetables, it can be incredibly stressful. This is especially true if they were always great at eating fruits and vegetables until now. However, it’s important to stay calm and not get stressed out about it, as this will only make things worse.
It might seem impossible to get fresh fruit and vegetables into your kids, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of simple ways you can trick your little ones into eating their greens – all you need to do is keep reading, below:
- Make Homemade Fruit Ice Lollies
- Kids love frozen treats, so making homemade fruit ice lollies is the perfect way to trick them into getting their five a day. Blend up a mixture of fruits – peach, strawberries and blueberries tend to work well, add a splash of water, pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze. Trust me on this, once they are frozen, your kids will have no idea that they contain lots of fresh fruits. This is a fantastic way to get them to eat their five a day without realising it. I also have found that this is a fun thing to make with my children too – they really enjoy it and lollies are fu
- Blend Veggies into Soups and Sauces
- Instead of buying pre-made sauces, start making your own. Using a blender, blend vegetables and herbs and create soups and sauces full of vegetables. You will find plenty of simple recipes online that you could use for ideas for this – I have one here. Making your own sauces is a great idea, as you can add as many veggies as you want to, and your little ones won’t realise. It might be sneaky, but when it comes to getting your little ones to eat their greens, anything goes. One thing that I really struggle to get my kids to eat is garlic, which is a shame as it has so many amazing health benefits. However, I have recently come across a guide to 20 ways to use garlic, which has given me lots of ideas for sneaking it into my little one’s food.
- Make Fruit Sorbet
- While you can buy some sorbets that are made purely of fruit, it’s more cost-effective to make your own. There are plenty of healthy fruit sorbet recipes online that you could use, so make sure to check these out. Or, you could invest in a Fro Fru – aka a frozen dessert maker that grinds up fresh, frozen fruit, turning it into a healthy sorbet-style dessert.
- Make Smoothies
- Kids love smoothies! They are a fantastic breakfast or snack food and are great for getting your little ones to eat their five a day. As well as adding fruit to smoothies, you can also add vegetables like carrot and spinach as well, to make them more nutritious. If you are stuck for smoothie recipe ideas that your kids will love, take a look online to get some recipe ideas. You will find plenty of child-friendly smoothie recipes to choose from, so you will have lots of choice when it comes to making smoothies.
Getting fruit and veggies into kids isn’t easy, it really isn’t. However, by simply following the tips and ideas in this guide, you can make things much easier for yourself.
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This is what we’ve been doing, giving smoothies and ice lollies. I hadn’t thought of doing the rest though. Genius! I think I stress a bit too much as well and that can’t help things. We had an amazing eater up until about a month ago. I’m going to give these other ideas a go too. 🙂 x #twinklytuesday
Love these tips! I’ll definitely be trying these out! 😀 #twinklytuesday
Thanks for your suggestions. I find it especially hard to get my son to eat greens in the summer when we have more salads than cooked veg (which he doesn’t mind). There are some good tips here. #TwinklyTuesdays
Yes salads are hard as they just look like leaves to them don’t they. A bowl of cooked veg is much easier
Some great idea here. Thank you 🙂 I have found that sometimes dips can help as children often like having a little bowl and are prepared to dip veges in (sometimes!!) #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
That’s a really good idea, thanks!
Great ideas! Luckily Emma loves fruit and veg (at the moment anyway) but I’ll still give these things a go! Love the idea of making ice lollies! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
Hope they go down well. They’re fun to make together too x
Yummy ideas! I really need to try T with smoothies and lollies again as they are not something that he particularly likes.
Thanks for sharing your tips with #toddlerapprovedtuesday x
Thanks Lara, hope it works for him x
What brilliant ideas! I’m always trying to get fruit and veggies into the kiddos, perfect.
Thanks Gem x
Good ideas! This is a battle everyday at our house! I’ve yet to find a veggie that they actually like 🙁
Haha! I got asked the other day at the boys’ nursery if we were vegetarians — because the twins apparently eat their veg but not the meat or fish!! Have you got any ‘how to get kids to eat their meat’ tips? 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x
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