This Is How You Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Cooking with your kids can help get them on the path to making healthier choices
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This Is How You Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables


Kids are more likely to try vegetables if they are involved in the cooking process.

Think back to when you were a kid. What was the most disappointing part of dinner? Vegetables, right? Those mushy carrots, mashed up peas, and sallow-colored broccoli were enough to inspire dread in our young stomachs. But experts say there’s a fool proof way to get kids more engaged in what they eat — all you have to do is let them cook it.

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Multiple studies, including one by the University of Alberta previously reported by The Daily Meal, shows that kids who cook with their parents are more open to new foods, especially vegetables by 10 percent.

It seems so simple, but cooking with your kids helps them develop a healthier relationship to food.

It’s never too early to start helping out with dinner, just remember proper kitchen safety to keep your kids protected around sharp knives, hot stoves, and heavy equipment.

Give them little tasks they can handle, like mixing salad dressing, picking out produce, and seasoning vegetables.

Break the cycle of bad vegetable side dishes by roasting carrots; keep that necessary crisp to make peas enjoyable; and sauté broccoli with flavorful lemon juice and brown butter. Your kids will thank you.