Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

I have found the answer that parents have been searching for for centuries, or at least since the advent of Cocoa Puffs and Cool-Aid. I will qualify this by saying that it only works if you have more than one kid and if there is some degree of sibling rivalry between them.


Here it is:

Don't put the veggies on your kids' plates. Put a small bowl of veggies on the table between them. I swear this works 2 out of 3 times. All of a sudden it becomes a competition between them. I have actually seen my girls fight over steamed cauliflower! Last night Little A was inhaling edamame so quickly, Adam thought she was going to choke.

You are so welcome for my brilliant insight.


  1. This is a great idea!

    I actually have a friend who claims that she can't get her kids to eat healthily, but always feeds them cheetos, soda, cookies/candy, and mac&cheese packets. It drives me nuts.

  2. LOL! I once made some of those yummy roasted brussel sprouts and never thought to offer them to the kids. I made them for me. So when they didn't get them on their plates, but I did they wanted to know why... why was I keeping all the "good stuff" for myself? To this day - they both still love roasted brussel sprouts.

  3. Yes, putting veggies on your own plate and pretending you won't share is another good tactic! We always want what we can't have, right?

  4. I seriously stand by this method...last night the girls devoured a bowl of brussell sprouts!