Back to school season can be hectic, especially when you have picky eaters! Here are our favorite tips for getting your kids to eat more fruits and veggies!
- Make fun shapes
Children are very visual, so cutting veggies and fruits into fun shapes will definitely put some fun into meal time. Here are some ideas:
- Get your kids cooking with you
Cooking with your kids will give them a sense of pride and teach them vital food skills. They are also much more likely to eat a meal they helped you cook! Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes:
- Try a new fruit or vegetable every week
There’s nothing like trying something new! With our fruits and veggies from A to Z, you can also teach your kids fun facts about what they’re trying. Kids usually need to try things quite a few times before they acquire a taste so don’t give up!
- Start a “meatless Mondays” tradition and ask your kids to pick the recipe with you!
Getting kids involved in selecting recipes is a great way to teach kids about different fruits and vegetables as well as what kind of meals they can be incorporated into. Try any of these recipes for your next meatless Monday:
Swiss Chard and Tomato Pasta
Adding greens to a fresh tomato sauce is a surefire way to enjoy more flavour and lots of colour in your pasta dishes. For a bigger bite try substituting rapini for the Swiss chard.
Tomato and Corn Pizza
These easy summer pizzas are crunchy and colourful showcasing summer tomatoes and corn. Use leftover grilled corn to speed up this already quick recipe.
Fresh Beet and Quinoa Salad
Vibrant colour and fresh flavour of raw beets adds texture to this easy salad. Pack this for your next picnic and serve it up with sandwiches or on it’s own with canned beans stirred in for a hit of protein.
Zucchini Ricotta Rolls
Take a spin on lasagna and try these zucchini rolls. With all the flavour of lasagna you can serve this up as a main course or side dish with some extra pasta sauce alongside.
- Lead by example!
If your plate is filled with veggies and fruit, your kids will want to follow suit. Filling half your plate at every meal and snack will show your kids that you’re also committed to eating healthy and will try to emulate.
- Make their plate colourful!
Serve a variety of fruits and vegetables in many colours. We eat with our eyes too so a bright and different plate will entice your kids even more!