Jan 25

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

I’m on a quest.  I don’t know how to get my kids to eat vegetables.  I need to find the answer. They aren’t in any immediate danger, except to drive me crazy telling me they won’t eat the vegetables.  And, as a human being with a somewhat basic knowledge of eating, I know that a vegetable is something that’s good to eat.  At least this is what I’ve heard. And so I have been experimenting with my kids to see if I can coerce, trick, sneak, beg, or force them to eat the veggie goodness.  I failed miserable with the crispy kale chips. But when I saw a facebook post from a high school friend, Amy Dykes Dohner, mentioning an awesome smoothie she makes that her children love (that has SPINACH in it!) I thought this is definitely worth a go! Without further ado…the recipe:

How to Make “The Vegetable Smoothie Your Kids WILL Drink”:

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1 TBS peanut butter

1 cut up banana

3 cups spinach leaves

Put it all in the blender and turn that green vegetable into a super awesome smoothie!  Bet you want to know how it turned out.  Did Alistair love it?  …drum roll!

Sure dad, Peanut Butter Candy Treaty Sippy Slammer Smoothie sounds GREAT! (I draw them in with a delicious sounding name)

Mmmm, I'm sensing something here, what is this strange flavor...it's...it's...

EWW! It's like sandy seaweed!

Oh god I think I'm going to....

Yep, it wants back out!

This is eating my face apart! The milk I drank from the "god knows how long that's been hiding under the couch" sippy cup tasted better than this!

Get it away from me you horrible father!

So yeah, he didn’t go for it.  Bummer, too, because I had high hopes!

I experimented with Noble as well, but he refused to let me take a picture of him.  I can sadly report that he tried it, ran to the sink, and spit it out.  Me, personally, I enjoyed it.  I will make it for myself again.  But something odd happened as a result of this experiment; Noble wanted to make his own smoothie!  Why not, right? It’s something to do, so we rinsed out the devil juice and started all over again.  Here is what Noble HAPPILY placed in his smoothie:

1 banana

8 strawberries

Yogurt

Millk

Apple Juice

approx 15 baby carrots

SPINACH!!  About two cups worth

KALE!  leftover fresh kale from the last experiment

2 cucumber slices.

We enjoyed blending the mixture together, and rejoiced as we poured it into large cups.  And OH HOW HE LOVED IT!  What did it taste like?  It tasted like a mixture between strawberies and tile grout.  But he drank it with pride.  Alistair took a glass but joyfully refused to drink.  He was just happy to be hanging out.  Here’s what I learned from this experience:

#1 – It tastes better when Noble makes it himself

#2 – Alistair will never trust me again.

But just so you don’t think I’m a food torturer, this is Alistair two minutes after he thought his mouth was going to be permanently damaged:

He’s all good!  And Amy, I do not blame you for this horrid reaction.  I, personally, thoroughly enjoyed the smoothie, and would recommend it to anybody who has good, upstanding, flavor loving, normal children.

This is now where you readers come in.  Do you have any suggestions for me for getting my kids to eat their vegetables?  A method, a recipe, anything! Leave your suggestion in the comment section below!  And if you want to be kept up to date, and hopefully some day see pictures of my children ENJOYING food, you can do so by liking our Facebook page!

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