Veggies for Your Picky Eaters – School Reopening Special

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It’s that time of the year when the children are getting back into a world of time tables and a routine of studies, homework and play time. Yes, its school reopening time again and you as parents must have geared up and re-wired your brains to function in a way to fit in with their schedules. Gone are the lazy mornings and the unlimited sugar & junk eating days. School days are all about eating good nutritious food to keep the kids active and energetic throughout the day. But, we all know that it’s easier said than done, to make kids eat healthy and nutritious food at all times. It is still easier to make them have eggs, dairy, meat and poultry but when it comes to vegetables & fruits which are a must for a healthy supply of vitamins and minerals; they act pretty difficult.

It is an age old story that Veggies and Kids do not get along well. We have seen mums running behind their kids to make them eat their greens. Vegetables are loaded with essential nutrients. But kids are all about the taste, and if the food fails to impress their taste buds it is never going to make its way on their plate. Kids do not understand the healthy aspects of any of the food they eat and there lies the tricky part in making them eat everything essential for their health and growth regardless of the taste appeal.

The sight of the food and then the taste is all that matters to the little ones, and the line of yummy food include all the possible unhealthy food and sweets, which when eaten alone will not help them in getting the required nutrients to be active and smart to perform well in the school. As we know most of the time parents don’t stop them from having junk considering, they are just kids and they should be allowed to eat everything. This unwholesome trend can be changed with a healthier but tasty take on the much-rejected veggies.

There are plenty of ways to keep your little ones happy and healthy when it comes to mindful eating. There are many vegetables which by the name itself they will reject before even tasting it. Spinach, Aborigines, Bitter gourd, etc. are a few of them. It is not necessary that the kids should have their veggies in a conventional way. Leafy vegetables like Spinach can be blended into a smoothie with oats and other yummy ingredients according to their liking and just for the beautiful green colour; it will be finished in no time. Just like that you can throw in the vegetables as pizza toppings, make a paste out of it and create interesting pasta sauces to which they cannot say no. Sandwiches and burgers can also be a healthy treat for them if you play with the right veggies and sauces.

The only thing is, that you have to think in a way that will appeal to their taste buds and eyes. They say yes to food in their mind by the looks of it before they say it out loud after tasting it. It’s all about giving a makeover to veggies to which they cannot say no to, and you will find your kids coming back home happy along with their empty lunch boxes.

Shruti Raj

A simple writer, with hands on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food with a natural flair for culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food, with a career background of more than half a decade invested in various communication fields. Now being a part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography, and adapt to learn more with the team.

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