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Our question this month for all you OFLC MOPS moms is:  “What is your secret to getting your kids to eat their vegetables?”

To start us off, I sneak a large handful of spinach into a smoothie made of milk, ripe banana, vanilla yogurt, and sometimes a bit of honey.  My kids love it and have no idea they are eating a green leafy vegetable.

Post your own answer as a comment and be entered in a drawing for a super cool prize at our next meeting.  For those who don’t win this time around, you will at least come away with several useful tips and tricks to get healthy veggies into your kiddos 🙂

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Author: oflcmops

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, a faith-based community that strives to meet the needs of moms with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges. MOPS also provides opportunities for social outings throughout the year. We meet the first and third Fridays of every month September through May.

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  1. We try to do “family bites” of foods my kids don’t want to eat. So, we all put a bite of veggies on our forks and the kids take turns counting “1-2-3… eat it!” And then we all take the bite…sometimes loudly and obnoxiously! I also got my kids to eat raw spinach leaves by holding one above their heads and letting them pretend to be giraffes and have to stretch to get it. I would say my kids are average veggie eaters now…not great, not bad. And there are many foods still that these tricks don’t even work with!

  2. Give a small serving of everything, and when they want more of the “good” thing, ask that they eat all that’s on their plate first. They usually do…or maybe barter for a few bits before the second helping. (Linda)

  3. We use dessert as a bribe…shameless abuse of parental power and possibly influencing later food issues I’m sure. We also let him help with shopping and cooking, so he’s a little more emotionally invested in trying new things. Finally, our house rule is that you can’t say you don’t like something unless you’ve tried it. We LOVE the Dr. Sears book “Eat Healthy Feel Great” to talk about the importance of eating healthy foods too!

  4. When my kids were kiddos, many years ago, each one had to stay at the table until their plate was clean. Probably not the best way to do it anymore!

  5. We try not to make any food an “issue.” The kids have to try everything and we don’t make special meals. We also make stuff repeatedly, so they get exposed to foods a lot. Finally, we model being adventurous and curious about food. It’s nothing for us to try Korean BBQ, sushi or Ethiopian food (all food that my kids actually ate.) PS: The frozen veggies at Costco are a HUGE staple in our house. We put them in mac and cheese and the kids often have them in their lunches.

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