Perhaps the oldest debate in the world is that of nature vs. nurture. Why are we the way we are? Is it a choice, or is it destiny? But, when it comes to kids and vegetables the answer is simple: you are nurturing bad eating habits in your children!
Okay, maybe not all of you. Clearly, with the success of MasterChef Jr. clearly some parents have caught on to the fact that kids can love eating (and cooking) fresh, flavorful, gourmet “adult” food just as much as a frozen pizza. You just have to teach them.
There’s no such thing as “kid food”
For too long we’ve been guilty of categorizing food as “kids food” and “adult food.” We’ve decided that kids don’t want to eat broccoli unless we mash it up and cover it in cheese. And they won’t eat a pasta sauce with mushrooms and fresh herbs. They want elbow macaroni drenched in ketchup. We need to change our attitudes, and in turn, our kids will change their eating habits.
Be patient with your kids taste buds
The biggest problem is that busy, tired parents tend to give up too easily when it comes to mealtime. Of course, your kid is going to want a cheeseburger instead of the fresh, healthy meal you’ve prepared. But, that doesn’t mean that they don’t like the food that you’re cooking, they’re just testing your limits. You need to stay strong, consistent, and patient. Eventually, your kid will know that there’s not way around eating the same as the adults, because it’s the only thing they’ll get.
Let your kids be a part of meal planning
Let your kids be a part of choosing what foods you eat. Let them pick out veggies at the farmer’s market. Encourage curiosity and experimentation. If they are part of making the food and picking it out they have a bigger incentive to taste it because it is their creation. You child may pick out a big purple eggplant because it looks pretty, now is your chance to get them to eat something we don’t think of as being “for kids.”
Let them eat burgers and cake
Desserts and treats shouldn’t be off the table. But, make them yourself. Control the ingredients. A cheeseburger doesn’t have to be unhealthy. It is if you eat them every day. But, for a special event or occasion where there are going to be kids, you can still serve burgers and pizza, as long as you smother them in farm fresh veggies and buy organic meats.
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