5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies

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If the struggle is real when it comes to your kids and their vegetables, you might want to try one of these tips from Your Tango contributor Meredith Deasley.

Create an after school veggie tray
Have a small veggie tray sitting out for kids when they get home from school—which is when they are usually the most hungry.  Make it colorful (red and yellow peppers are a nice touch) and add some healthy dips such as hummus, nut butters, or yogurt.

Have a surprise picnic
Kids love a picnic so throw down a blanket or two in the yard (or in the family room if the weather isn’t cooperating) and have some raw veggies be part of the meal.  “Your child will likely be so excited, they will eat anything you serve them,” writes Deasley.

Go vegetable picking
Find a local place where kids can pick their own vegetables (click here for a list of Illinois U-Pick Farms) or take them with you to one of the local farmer’s markets.

Get everyone into the kitchen
Children are more likely to eat what is on their plate if they have a part in making it happen. “Give them their own apron or chef hat and play their favorite music in the kitchen while you prepare your feast,” says Deasley.

Blend it up
Look for smoothie recipes packed with vegetables. Most are naturally sweet and a great way to sneak in veggies at breakfast or snack time.  We found some great toddler smoothie recipes here.

Head over to Your Tango for even more ideas.

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