Iíve met a few kids in my time who have never had more vegetables than a carrot stick and, if they had to guess what an artichoke is, would say itís a karate move. But not my kids, of course. They eat their vegetables all the time. At least sometimes. I mean, they all go through phases of pickiness, but when itís all said and done, they eat almost every vegetable there is. Whatís my secret? Well, I have 10 of themÖ
1. Serve them raw. Seriously, have you ever eaten a raw pea? Itís heaven on earth. No need for butter. Kids eat them like candy. I put a plate of raw cut-up veggies on the dinner table every nightóyes, carrot sticks, but also sweet red peppers, celery, fresh peas. Cauliflower and tomatoes.
2. Let them have dip. Itís not the end of the world if they have a bit of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing on their veggies (in fact, there is an organic version of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing). It does make a piece of raw broccoli really much more yummy.
3. Plant a garden. Studies show that kids who grow veggies themselves will eat almost anything. Iíve seen it with my own eyes. If you are growing an organic garden, kids can eat stuff right out of the garden without rinsing. Unless itís a carrot or potato or something like that (for you non-gardeners, those veggies grow underground, so they are covered in dirt when you harvest them).
4. Just add butter. Organic butter, of course, but a little bit never hurt anyone. And some vegetables, like spinach or kale, need a bit of oil for their nutrients to be absorbed better into our bodies. Corn on the cobÖneed I say more?
5. Add them to soup. Itís amazing what kids will eat when itís submerged in a savory broth. If you suspect they wonít like something, chop it up till itís really tiny. After a half hour in the soup, it will magically disappear!