Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Birdseye and my travel expense’s were taken care of.
Growing up I remember my great grandma always had tomato plants in her garden. I grew up always watching her eat fresh veggies as well as her daughter, my grandma. My mom was also a big veggie eater as well, because you see it starts with planting seeds and starting traditions. Your kids are always watching and they follow after your example. I have always been a veggie eater myself but I can tell my palate has definitely grown as I have gotten older. I am eating things that I never used to eat like asparagus and brussel sprouts. I wish I could say that my kids followed suit. Unfortunately I have had to get creative in the way I get my kids to eat their vegetables. If your like me here are a few tips that might help.
5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies
Blend those Veggies: If your kids are the type of kids that won’t eat it if they see it, try blending them up in soups or sauces like spaghetti sauce.
Lead by Example: Your kids are watching your every move. They know exactly what you are putting on your own plate so if you want your kids to eat more veggies, lead by example. Kid’s are smarter than you think. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Offer different choices each night. A variety is good.
Make Veggies More Fun: Get creative with your veggies serve them up on skewers or make fun shapes or veggie art on their plate.
Cook with Your Kids: Get your kids involved with cooking with you in the kitchen. Talk about all the pretty colors and and what cool things each veggie can do to help your body.
Plant a Garden: Build a Garden and let your kids help plant and water as part of their chores. When it comes time to harvest, let your kids help plan the menu and then go outside and pick the veggies they need to create the recipe.
This week I flew to Clinton, Mississippi to attend the #GreenMySchool event with Birdseye. We met with former NSYNC member Lance Bass to talk about his partnership with Birdseye and EMA to plant gardens in elementary schools to help kids learn the importance of eating their veggies. The focus of the program is to let the kids get involved with planting and taking care of the garden while getting to eat what they grow as well as take some of the vegetables home to their families.
We visited the school garden and watched all the kids line up with anticipation as they got ready to plant their own veggies. You could literally see the excitement as they asked each other what plant did you get, I got cucumbers. Lance got right in there with kids, helping them unwrap each plant and talking to the kids about healthy choices. The partnership with Birdseye is the perfect combination. Not everyone has access to fresh vegetables or the space to plant their own garden. Also some vegetables are seasonal, so it’s nice to have Birdseye as an option for families who may fit theses categories. While I am planting my own garden I don’t have the space to grown stalks of corn or peas so I stock my freezer with the Birdseye Steamfresh. Walmart has them on sale a lot for only $1. They are great to throw together in a stew with no preparation. Check out my two Facebook Live videos with Lance here and here.