Admittedly, a lot of parents have a hard time feeding their kids fruits and vegetables, especially the younger ones. This is because children generally don’t like the taste of vegetables as it is not as sweet as other food—and sometimes it could even taste bland.
But we all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important especially to growing kids as it provides them with the vitamins and minerals their body needs in order to protect them from diseases and illnesses. (Read: Want a happy, healthy life? Experts suggest eating the rainbow!)
This is why actress and mom to two Andi Eigenmann shared some tips on how to make your kids eat fruits and vegetables little by little. She took to Instagram and told her followers how she makes her daughters Ellie and Lilo eat their greens despite Ellie being a pickier eater than her younger sister. (Read: 5 Suppliers Who Source Fruits and Vegetables From Local Farmers)
Here are three tips from Andi!
Make Them Help With Chores
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Yas to fresh produce! These are from @fromthesource.ph I’ve made sure to make it a thing in my household to have my children take part in the process of sorting and repacking all of our fruits and veggies. I’ve always talked about how much of a picky eater Ellie is! So with more babies seeming to come our way (LOL), I try to turn ordinary chores such as this one, into fun forms of bonding for me and them. I love my fruits and veggies, I love love finding all the awesome ways to whip up a great nutrient dense meal out of all of them, and ofc wouldn’t want them to go to waste so I make sure to store them well. I’ve learned that getting the little ones involved in all this is a wonderful way to get them as interested in keeping ourselves healthy. While Lilo has always been eating well, lately, since Ellie has been more aware of its benefits, and although still hesitant to try, is now more open to tasting food regardless of knowing what’s inside. Yay! So secretly infusing veggies into her staples has been goin well! That’s a big step for us!
Andi says that whenever they have new stock of fruits and vegetables at home, she makes sure that Ellie and Lilo help out in organizing it in their kitchen. She says that she does this so that chores can be turned “into fun forms of bonding for me and them” while making sure the kids knew the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. (Read: 10 grocery must-haves to help you plan a week’s worth of meals)
Whip up Delicious, Nutrient-Dense Meals
The actress shares that she loves to find “awesome” ways to utilize fruits and vegetables and use them for meals. Andi says that this, combined with making Ellie and Lilo help out in the kitchen, keeps them interested in keeping themselves healthy. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)
Tell Them the Importance of Eating Healthy
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I developed a passion for all things nutrition, and making wholesome & healthy recipes in order to help me overcome my body image/ weight loss struggles. I kept it up because of Ellie, who is such a picky eater. Now, making all these simple, nourishing meals for my family, is just a big part of what makes me, me! And because quarantine has given me a lot of time in my hands, I’ll be sharing more of these with you guys as well! Here is a simple potassium and fiber- filled breakfast: our fave avo & egg toast. Good enough to fill our tummies and give us much needed energy to start the day. Lilo is also having some avocado and tomato slices. We enjoyed it with yummy karnaba bananas picked straight from the tree!
Of course, on top of anything, a parent should make their kids understand why it’s important to eat healthily. Andi shares that Ellie, who is the pickier eater out of her two daughters, is now more open to trying out meals with vegetables and fruits as she is already aware of its health benefits. She says that Ellie “[is] still hesitant to try, [but] is now more open to tasting food regardless of knowing what’s inside.”