I have a hard time getting my 8 year old to eat many veggies other than broccoli, carrots and green beans. So I hide them...we eat this amazing grain free skillet lasagna that uses zucchini as the noodles. [url=http://nourishedandnurtured.blogspot.com/2011/08/grain-free-skillet-lasagna.html]Nourished and Nurtured: Grain-free Skillet Lasagna[/url] He barely notices the green stuff is even in there. I also offer ranch (he loves that stuff) to cover up the taste. You can make it yourself or buy the least evil kind out you can find.
But I think if your kids are eating any veggies, you are doing just fine.
[QUOTE=MikkiB;1163460]We eat fairly primal meals, but we haven't worked our way up to organ meats (except liver every so often). We make lots of dishes that incorporate onion, bell pepper, carrot, celery, and 2-3 times a month have stir fry with broccoli or cabbage. On "chunk of meat" nights, my kids aren't that enthusiastic about a side of veggies (unless covered in cheese sauce), and don't really care for salads.
I'm pretty comfortable that the adults can relax on veggie intake - we probably still eat more than when on the SAD diet - but I'm wondering what you guys think about how many servings do kids really need? My boys are 8 and 10. One of the 8 year olds is gluten-insensitive and also very small, although he's healthy and I think he just takes after the little side of the family (43 lbs compared to his fraternal twins' 55 lbs).
I'm leaning towards relaxing and not worrying if a couple of meals a week are veggie-free, but I'd like to know what ya'll do :)[/QUOTE]
We have a '20 yucks to 1 yum' rule about accustomising kids to new foods, which basically says that kids are inclined to turn up their noses at any new food that isn't high in sugar.
We make everyone eat one piece of every vegetable at each meal where it is served. To one piece of carrot, one piece of courgette, one piece of potato etc. Which isn't really very much, but then when we're eating communally with other families they are always amazed at how our kids eat their vegetables with no fuss.....
I grew up in a house where my Mum was adamant about us not having to eat anything we didn't want, especially veg. mainly because when she was a child, she was forced. Consequently she never actually served any to us.. except processed peas and potato. We did have tomato, occasional lettuce and plenty of fruit though. I, not used to eating veg. did the same to my kids, but the opposite happened with them because I used to feed them veggies as a treat, while holding my nose making it. Now they all adore veg, particularly Brussel sprouts and broccoli etc. enough even to have on its own for breakfast LOL. friends think they are gross. These days I finally can eat and actually enjoy quite a bit more, but mainly the tubers. I don't really think it is vital though.
If you just want to make sure they get a decent amount how about green smoothies, with lots of fruit added too. Then give the other for treats :)
Offer fruit with their meals instead of veggies. Similar nutrients, better taste, less waste, and growing children could use the energy they provide. Of course don't deny them the veggies they do like, but try fruit. its good for the whole family! A fruit salad instead of a green salad sounds lovely, plus holds up to left overs better.
I can't believe the amount of kids out there who don't eat vegetables. It honestly astounds me. Fruit does not give you the same cancer fighting nutrients that broccoli does.
Kids need to try something at least 12 times before they can say they don't like it - so just trying brussell sprouts and saying yuck is not actually saying they don't like it. They are saying it tastes different. Brussell sprouts stir fried with bacon - yum...
My kids eat most veges including stuff like artichokes, aubergine and fennel and love salads. They are 10, 12 and 14. The reason they like vegetables is because from their very first taste of food they have been eating the same food that my husband and I were eating. I used to cook them up, then mash them and put a bit of meat juice for a bit of flavour - or a bit of butter. What kid doesn't like mashed, buttered sweet potato with mashed broccoli??
I have always said if there was something they didn't feel like, to eat 3 mouthfuls and leave the rest - no food dramas in this house.
I think stirfries with a good sauce is the way to get them to eat veges - the more they are exposed to them while they are hungry, the quicker they will go down - and get them to help you in the kitchen. Chopping and cooking is good for family dynamics (talking about their day etc) and teaches them life skills.
[QUOTE=Rueben;1164231]Brussell sprouts stir fried with bacon - yum...[/QUOTE]
Vegetables are definitely collateral victims of fatphobia. Every traditional meal I've had in Europe and Asia served vegetables with cream or oil and kids gobble them up.
Kids LOVE soup (the blended kind) If they can't see the shape of the veggie it's easier!
satay onions, garlic, w leeks, add in other veggies, add chicken stock and after it cooks let it cool down and PUREE! the whole batch. Kids LOVE SOUP and you can HIDE all kinds of veggies in a blended soup... sprinkle some parmesan cheese or add a dollop of sour cream and BAM kids favorite! good luck! I'm for kids getting LOTS AND LOTS of veggies in.
to make it creamy: AFTER you are done cooking (it's cooled down and you have pureed it) you can add Half a can of full fat coconut cream, or regular if you eat diary.
Kids will love it! swear.
Mine has unlimited access to veggies and fruit. Figure she knows best what she needs. And she loves vegetables, apart from sweet potato. But she has to eat at least some meat before the fruit plate comes out of the fridge.
My son would not eat sweet potatoes mashed with butter (too sweet) or broccoli mashed with butter, he prefers broccoli lightly steamed with wheat free tamari and butter. He doesn't like veggies to be disguised and hidden in things. The thing is everyone's taste is different some like strong flavored things (my son loves shitake mushrooms) and other like things bland, also texture can make a big difference, my son happens to prefer crunchy veggies, snap peas, raw carrots, jicama. I think it's best to keep presenting new foods and let them check them out, if they don't like them that's okay. But maybe later they will.
I agree with Neckhammer, fruit is just as good for growing kids. The main thing is not to turn them off to foods by forcing them to eat them. I've also noticed that kids are more likely to try things when you grow them, there's nothing more fun than going out into the garden and picking foods you've grown.
I second the [I]grow it[/I] recommendation! Pulling carrots and beets from the ground and picking peas is among my girl's favorite things! And mine too, lol!