“How can I get my kids to eat more vegetables?” is a question I get often as a mom who also cooks and writes about food for a living. It is also a question that I ask myself often. Vegetables are a pain point at mealtimes because parents know they are nutrient-dense, but kids often think they taste gross (even when they are coated in cheese and butter).
So I asked 10 other parents — some who also write about food and some who just know from their own experience raising tiny humans — how they got their kids to eat more vegetables. Here’s some of their best advice.
1. Dress them up!
This seems obvious, but taking the time to dress, sauce, or cook vegetables in ways that make them delicious and exciting to eat is the easiest way to get your kids to eat more vegetables. If your little doesn’t love raw shredded carrots, they may actually prefer them roasted or steamed and toasted with honey butter. They’ll eat more vegetables when they taste great! —Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor, Kitchn, @stirandscribble
2. Double down on dips.