One of the things I'm most proud of as a parent is the fact that my kids eat and enjoy vegetables. Rowan (my two-year-old) went through a phase where cauliflower was his favorite food. Here is what works for my family.
Involve them in the process
Have them pick out veggies in the grocery store. They love autonomy and control.
Start a veggie garden at home. My kids snack off our cherry tomato bushes. If you don't have a yard, visit a local farm.
Make them your sous chefs. My kids love taking kale off stalks, using the salad spinner, or breaking apart broccoli.
Time it right
Serve veggies before the main meal when they are hungry. Have a plate out while you finish cooking the entree.
Make it fun
Make veggie skewers. My kids will eat anything on a stick.
Be creative with the presentation: Make faces, animals or broccoli forests. Inspiration here.
Inspire them. I showed my kids pictures of people turning orange from eating too many carrots. They became obsessed.
Also, of course, there is always butter, lots and lots of butter.
On a side note: I originally wrote this email self-depreciating myself before bragging out my kid's veggie eating. I then took my own advice, deleted the line and owned my awesome. Own yours today, too.
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