One question that I hear probably more than any other is this one:
“How can I get my kids to eat more vegetables?”
Ohhhh the lengths a parent will go to get their child to eat a vegetable – you name it and it’s been tried – disguising, hiding, transforming, bribing, coercing and the list goes on. But does it work?
If you are a concerned and frustrated parent of a picky eater don’t waste your time hiding 1/4 cup of spinach in a muffin or promising $5 if they eat their green beans. These methods are ineffective at getting your kids to like vegetables. Sure you might fool them for a week or two, but in the end it usually backfires making meal times stressful and sending the message to your kids that vegetables need to be camouflaged in order to be considered edible.
If you want your kids to eat more vegetables, may I suggest a more simple method – the dip. I don’t know why, but kids like to dip their food in stuff. It’s true – just ask one. This recipe is one of many healthy, simple, kid approved dips. Skip the packaged stuff and make your own. It’s quick, simple, tasty and healthy. So the next time you’re chomping at the bit to get your kids to eat some carrot sticks, get rid of the cookies and crackers and put out a tray of raw veggies and dip and let them go to town. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
- Combine above ingredients in a mixing bowl – blend thoroughly. Serve dip with fresh raw vegetables or whole grain crackers.