It is pretty well known that most kids will refuse to eat vegetables. I’ve read and seen dozens of “how to make veggies fun” to try and get kids to eat them. I honestly think my 7-year-old brother is such a super star for always eating his veggies without needing any “fun” shapes and pictures – he’s clearly had good influence. Plus, all it takes is telling him it’ll make him strong like Batman and it’s as easy as that! For adults struggling to eat vegetables, however, cute little pictures made with vegetables don’t exactly work. It takes a lot more effort and a lot more making us do it than anything else.
If you are a parent or have young children in your family, I do think it is extremely important to introduce vegetables at a young age. Of course babies eat those little canned smashed peas and all is good and well until they start eating solid foods and taste their first sweet food. If possible, prolong them eating anything sweet so their taste buds naturally get used to the taste of solid vegetables. Once they have something sweet like candy or too much fruit, it may make eating vegetables a bit trickier. If they’re past that already, it’s okay! Start by having vegetables available to little ones as quick snacks. If the cute pictures work or telling them it’ll make them as strong as their favorite super hero or princess – then cool! Do that. If there is a certain vegetable they really don’t like, don’t force them to eat it. This will only discourage them from trying other veggies. Once you figure out together what vegetables they like it’ll make it easier to introduce it their everyday lives.
Green juices are sometimes an easy introduction as well since it is easier to disguise the taste of vegetables with a bit of fruit.
Good news is that vegetables are a lot less common to cause any allergic-reactions but consult with a pediatrician if you have any immediate questions or concerns.
Now if you are not a child or have children and are struggling with eating vegetables yourself, similar rules apply – try different vegetables and see which you like and play with those ingredients. The greener the better! Be patient with yourself and perhaps try green juices first and then slowly work up to salads and then keep adding and trying different vegetables. Believe it or not, your body will soon begin to recognize the transition and even vegetables you once didn’t like will begin to taste delicious after a while.
And if that still doesn’t convince you to try them, keep reading to find out why greens are so important for our health.
First, they are very useful in reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. This is due to the fact that they are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium.
Vitamin A helps our eyes and skin to stay healthy and it protects us against infections. Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and it also keeps our teeth and gums healthy.
Remember my post about sugar (Step 01) – I mention how our bodies don’t naturally know how to break down artificial sugar but sugar from fruit is broken down naturally because of fiber – well, vegetables are high in fiber as well. This allows our bodies to comfortably break down our foods and allows us to feel full longer.
I know easy fixes may seem…well, easier. But if we can prevent serious diseases, illnesses, and cancers why not do it now. You will have less sick days and many more feeling-great days. I am not going to sit here and list all the scary diseases and illnesses we can get from not eating well because this isn’t about scaring anyone – it’s about loving ourselves fully from the inside out. To nurture and to take care of ourselves and live our best lives with our loved ones. I am a true believer in that it is never too late to start.
So eat well and be happy! Until next time 🙂