A year ago, my 3 year old son loved eating salads. But then he became accustomed to watching his friends enjoy their pre-packaged and processed foods and he followed suit exclaiming: “YUCK! I hate veggies!” Before long, he too started avoiding greens. It became a challenge feeding anything green to a young child who was anti-salads and anti-greens. The only raw greens he would enjoy was hidden through green smoothies.
Needless to say, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to make fruits and vegetables more fun, more attractive and more palatable for him. I didn’t really know what to do but after an unintentional ploy at marketing, my son ate most of my full bowl of Kale Salad, leaving me both happy and hungry. From that day on, I started to figure out more ways to market fruits and veggies to him.
A turn-around. While before, it was almost torture asking him to finish his green smoothie or to try a green salad, our son now readily drinks his green smoothies and asks for his ‘favorite salad’. While before he would pile our shopping cart with bananas, he now piles it high with kale too.
The other night, he exclaimed “Goodness Gracious! This salad is delicious! I love it!!!” And yesterday, as he chowed down another big bowl of kale salad, he said with bulging eyes “Mama! I can’t stop! This is so delicious!”
Marketing does work! And as I mention in all my tips, as parents we may not have as much money as big food corporations, but we have the advantage of time, love and commitment to our children’s and family’s health. May we all use this wisely. So, here are my:
Top Ten Tips To Get Your Kids To Eat More Fruits and Veggies:
And don’t forget, all this works for husbands as well as the kids! For more ideas, take a look at How To Transition The Family into More Raw Foods.