How to Help Toddlers Love Veggies: 6 Proven Tips Inside

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We all know the struggle of getting our little ones to eat their veggies.

It's a daily battle that can leave us feeling defeated over our attempt to provide our kids with essential nutrients, let alone the mountain of food waste! While it can be totally normal for your little ones' appetite for different foods to ebb and flow, there are simple yet effective hacks that help turn our mealtime battles into victories!

veggies in our plant-based bamboo bento plate

Here are six clever tricks to help your toddler love their veggies:

1. Sneak Veggies into Their Favourite Foods: One of the easiest ways to get your toddler to eat more veggies is by sneaking them into their favourite dishes. Blend spinach into smoothies, puree carrots into pasta sauce, or add grated zucchini to muffins and pancakes. They won't even know they're eating their greens!

2. Make Veggies Fun and Exciting: Get creative with how you serve veggies to your toddler. Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes out of cucumbers and bell peppers, or arrange veggies on a brightly coloured bobo&boo plate to resemble a smiley face or their favourite animal. Making veggies visually appealing can make them more enticing to eat.

3. Get Them Involved in Meal Prep: Toddlers love to feel involved and independent, so why not let them help prepare their meals? Take them grocery shopping and let them pick out their favourite veggies. Then, involve them in washing, chopping, and mixing ingredients. When kids have a hand in making their food, they're more likely to eat it.

4. Offer Veggies as Snacks: Instead of reaching for processed snacks, offer veggies as a healthy alternative. Keep pre-cut veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers in the fridge for easy snacking. Pair them with a tasty dip like hummus or yogurt ranch dressing to make them even more appealing.

5.Use a Bento Plate: Opt for a bento-style plate with compartments to introduce a variety of veggies in an appealing way. The divided compartments keep the veggies separated to encourage (meltdown-free) exploration and create a fun eating experience for your toddler.

6. Lead by Example: Toddlers are more likely to eat their veggies if they see their parents enjoying them too. Make sure to eat a variety of veggies yourself and talk about how delicious and nutritious they are. Be a veggie role model for your little one and watch as they follow suit.

Getting your toddler to eat their veggies doesn't have to be a daunting task. With a little creativity and patience, you can turn mealtime into a fun experience for the whole family. So, give these easy hacks a try to support your toddler in becoming a veggie lover in no time!