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8 Creative Ways to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

Updated on August 12, 2019
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A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

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Getting kids to eat vegetables is not an easy task because they are an acquired taste. They will get used to the taste and like them. I use many ideas to be creative in getting my kids to eat their vegetables.

I approach it on both levels of being upfront about it and not being upfront about it. Either way, it is a challenge and an achievement. Seeing them eat their vegetables or asking to eat some vegetables is so rewarding. Below, I have shared some creative ways to get kids to eat vegetables.

“All right," sighed Madrigal. "To the baths, then. To make ourselves shiningly clean."

Like vegetable, she thought, before they go in the stew.”

— -- Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Carrot Patches

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1. Carrots and Hummus

I discovered Carrot Patches at Taste and Tell. The site sparked my interest because they offer so many creative options to interest kids in eating their vegetables. My favorite is Carrot Patches because the hummus in tiny pots with carrots is so cute. It’s a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables.

I wash the tiny pots in the dishwasher, and I don't always use carrots. I change it up, using celery, snap peas, turnips, and any vegetable that makes a nice crunch when my kids bite into it.

I keep reminding myself antioxidant vegetables are the best.

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2. Disgust's Broccoli Pizza

Nothing like playing "Hide and Go Seek:" with the kids, but you can also hide their veggies in recipes. Disney offers a very creative broccoli recipe.

The idea is to make the veggies unrecognizable in dishes. I found it easy to do because I had all the ingredients in my home. All you need is English muffins, broccoli, and cheese.

The fact that my kids are eating their vegetables means being creative is the best approach. It is so upbeat and fun. I am even eating more vegetables.

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3. Very Hungry Caterpillars

I regularly visit this site because the ideas are ingenious. The site includes most vegetables. Here we have Very Hungry Caterpillars, and the snack even comes with a poem. How delicious is that! The main ingredient is cucumbers, and the cherry tomatoes with silly eyes are so adorable.

My kids could not believe they were edible when I served them for lunch. My youngest said, "Are these toys?"

In all, they ate every single one for lunch. They ask for the caterpillars about every other week and help prepare them, too.

4. Creative Ways to Serve Vegetables

5. Kitty Cat Potatoes

No way kids are going to turn down these cute little Kitty Potatoes. They are a really unique, yummy looking, and taste great.

I prefer real butter, but other than that these are so simple to make. You just need little potatoes, rosemary, snap peas, corn kernels, salt, and pepper. Butter hits those taste buds and just keeps on giving, so my kids just eat them up. My kids named them, too, right before the gobbled them up.

The last time I made them, the kids added the whiskers, eyes, and ears.

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6. Scooter Snacks

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Pretzels with Vegetables

No way kids are going to turn down these cute little Kitty Potatoes. They are unique, yummy looking, and taste great.

I prefer real butter, but other than that these are so simple to make. You need little potatoes, rosemary, snap peas, corn kernels, salt, and pepper. Butter hits those taste buds and keeps on giving, so my kids eat them up. My kids named them, too, right before the gobbled them up.

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7. Vegetable Skeleton

My kids named their skeleton “Jackie-Do,” “Tommy-Tune Up,” and “Daisy.” Some were boy names, and others were girl names. The idea of making the dill dressing the head is fantastic. My kids dipped their veggies into the skeleton’s face like it was a game.

I used lettuce, carrots, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, mushrooms, and cauliflower. It seemed my kids never noticed they were eating vegetables.

I created the vegetable skeletons again. But this time, my kids made the skeletons after I cut up the vegetables. My son placed the dill dressing cup in the stomach the second time. He got a kick out of stabbing the skeleton in the stomach with the carrot and celery bones.

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8. Celery Butterflies

I found Kids Lick the Bowl by discovering crazy celery and pretzel snack for kids. Summer is the best time to make them because of the late celery is expensive. Buying it in the season, you still pay two dollars for a stock.

Stacey suggests cream cheese, which is tasty, and my kids loved it. I also use peanut butter. Peanut butter and pretzels are fabulous.

My Kids are Eating Vegetables

Getting your kids to eat their vegetables doesn’t have to be such a hard task. Sure, vegetables are not the tastiest of foods, but I have discovered that creatively introducing them I can’t go wrong. Even the kids are asking what type of animal or toy are they eating for dinner tonight. I laugh and say, "We shall see!"

The fact that my kids are eating their vegetables means being creative is the best approach. It is so upbeat and fun. I am even eating more vegetables.

© 2017 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      5 months ago from Northern California

      Cecil,

      Gardening is a great idea. I wrote an article for another publication about the positive effects of having a school garden. The article focuses on students in the US. Japan is innovative when it comes to educating their children. My daughter and I talked about it the other day. Her teacher presented a documentary on Japan's educational philosophy.

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      5 months ago from Osaka, Japan

      Cute! How about gardening with children? I live in Japan. Almost every kindergarten and elementary school sets aside a little land to grow vegetables. They watch and wait for weeks. Then--sure enough--once harvest comes, they are happy to eat them. If children grow vegetables, they will eat them.

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