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Now Kids Can Have Their Veggies & Eat Them Too!!!

It's a common problem among parents, getting your kids to eat their veggies. You are bound to run into this struggle at one time or another. Many kids will turn up their nose at the site of anything green or healthy, so how do you get them to eat? Here are some fun and easy ways to get your kids to eat their vegetables.

1. Plant a Garden: If your children can see the bright red cherry tomatoes, leafy green lettuce, and baby peas growing, they might be more interested in the veggies. Plus, they can eat right out of the garden!

2. Just a bit o' butter: A little butter never hurt anyone. If adding a touch of butter to broccoli or cauliflower gets your kids to chow down, then why not?

3. Put them on a stick: My kids love eating off of toothpicks and skewers. You can put raw or grilled vegetables on a stick.

4. Rename Vegetables: Try renaming the veggies fun names for the kids. Broccoli can be called "little trees" and spinach looks like "dragon scales." Make it fun!

5. Let the Kids Help Cook: Get your kids involved with creating the menu for the night, shopping for the ingredients and then helping you prepare the meal. You can have the kids help you chop vegetables using sturdy plastic knives. There is something about taking part in the preparation that might peak their interest in vegetables.


And remember, above anything else - set a good example and eat plenty of veggies yourself.


Happy Cooking!

 

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Dipping the Veggies

My kids really enjoy dipping their vegetables. What better dip than a veggie based dip such as hummus. Hummus is a delicious, healthy spread made of garbanzo beans. You can buy hummus in your local grocery store, but it's more fun to make it at home and get your kids involved.

 

Ingredients:

1 can of garbanzo beans; drained

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1 - 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)

Juice from 1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until mixture is creamy and smooth. Serve with fresh vegetables and sliced pita bread.

 

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