Healthy Meals: Creative Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Veggies

  1. Try different textures in preparing your veggies. Some types of vegetables are great when eaten crunchy rather than soft, such as asparagus spears. Mash some boiled squash and incorporate them into mashed potatoes.
  2. Eat veggies raw if they taste better that way, such as carrot and celery sticks, together with sweet fruits like apples and pears. Enhance their flavor with healthy dips such as a spinach dip.

    Crunchy celery sticks as snacks

  3. Some veggies taste better when grilled, such as zucchini, eggplant, portobello mushrooms, red and green peppers and corn. You can brush them lightly with some olive oil, marinate them and put on some dressings or dips. They can also go well with grilled fruits like pineapple and make a nice side dish for barbecue.
  4. Make juice out of vegetables like carrots and improve their taste by mixing in some juice from fruits like mango, apples or oranges.
  5. Ask your family members to help you choose fruits and vegetables in the market or grocery, and allow them to help you prepare meals. This will let them be able to appreciate the texture and colors of fresh foods that are rich in important nutrients. This can be an important teaching point, instead of just forcing them to eat prepared foods which they may be unfamiliar with.

    Ask kids to get involved in buying, preparing and cooking veggies.

Another way of making sure everyone gets adequate nourishment is to eat home cooked family meals together. Giving enough time for this activity is also a great way to keep everyone connected to each other, thus promoting healthy relationships.

Try these creative ways to get your family to eat more veggies and you will raise kids who will not hate vegetables but grow into health-oriented adults!



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