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Are you one of those parents that faces a major challenge in getting their kids to eat their veggies? I am. My oldest son is the exception when it comes to veggies – he can’t get enough. On the other hand, my little guy will almost never put a vegetable in to his mouth willingly. Talk about complete opposites. So with my youngest, sometimes I have to get a little fun and creative when it comes to getting him to eat his veggies. I have tried lots of different things ranging from sneaking them into other foods (my pasta sauce for example) to buying delicious Kraft Dips to help encourage my son to eat his veggies!
Here are some of the things I’ve tried over the years to get him to eat his veggies. These ideas are so convincing that you might even start eating your veggies, too.
Bake Amazing Meals
Okay, so looking at veggies, it’s pretty clear as to why kids don’t want to eat them – they look boring. So why not take those veggies to the next level? Try making dishes like stuffed peppers or bright and colorful salads to help convince your children to eat their veggies.
Sneak Them Into Other Foods
I have been known to mix some cauliflower into my mashed potatoes or chop up some veggies really finely to put into my pasta sauce. I love that the kids don’t even realize they’re eating veggies and as long as you tell them at some point when they’re are older, like when they’re 50, it’s not considered lying!
Make Sure They’re Hungry
One of my favorite ways to get my kids to eat their veggies is to make sure they’re hungry. It’s one of the first things I feed my kids when it’s time for a snack. They are more likely to eat their veggies if they are hungry and trust me on this one, I know from experience.
Let Them Help You Cook
Kids are afraid of what they don’t know, so let them help you cook some veggies. Cooking is something not all kids get to experience, so why not bring that experience to your kids? They’ll love it.
Getting kids to eat their veggies isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. Another piece of advice would be that just because they didn’t like it when they tried it the first time, it doesn’t mean they won’t like it the second time.
Give Them Some Yummy Dips For Their Veggies
All kids love to dip, right? I have always thought that one of the best parts about eating veggies is being able to dip them! When I was at Walmart the other day I picked up some Kraft French Onion Dip for us to dip our veggies in.
It was easy to spot the Kraft Dip in the refrigerator section because it’s got all new packaging. It really stands out! Kraft Dips come in three tasty varieties:
- Kraft French Onion Dip
- Kraft Green Onion Dip
- Kraft Bacon Cheddar Dip
All three Kraft Dips go really well with veggies!
Make Some Food Art
My Mom always told me not to play with my food, however, I think playing with veggies is completely okay. Sometimes I make the veggies into fun and creative art pieces like the Minecraft Creeper veggie tray that I made recently. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not good at art because anything has to make veggies look better than their current state, right?
Are your boys as obsessed with Minecraft as mine are? That’s why I thought it would be fun to make a Creeper out of some veggies for my boys to encourage them to eat them. A veggie Creeper is so simple to put together and you only need a few things to make it awesome.
All you need is some celery, a green pepper, a cucumber, pitted black olives and of course, a Kraft Dip to dip the veggies in. If peppers, cucumbers and celery aren’t your favorite veggies, any green vegetables will do. I almost went with broccoli, which would have worked just fine, but changed my mind at the last minute and went with a pepper because I thought my kids would like the crunch.
Start by chopping up the green veggies.
As you can see, I cut the peppers and celery into smaller bite-sized pieces to make it easier for the kids.
Next, I sliced the olives in half so that they would “stand” better when I added them to the veggie tray.
Anyhow, once the prep work was done, I arranged the cucumbers into a square on the plate I wanted to use. If you are not familiar with a Creeper, they have a square head, hence the square of cucumbers on the plate.
Next I made the face out of the black olive halves. This is what a Creeper face looks like:
Once that was done, I filled in the rest of the space between the cucumbers and the black olives with my peppers and celery.
I served it with some tasty Kraft French Onion Dip and it was a huge hit with both of my kids – especially the picky one. Who knew it was so easy?
Be sure to check out even more delicious recipes over at Kraft.com. What’s your favorite?