Thursday, April 8, 2010

veggies

My kids don't like them unless they are carrots or salads. Kanyon likes broccoli and green beans when they're seasoned enough. Taylan only does carrots and salad. I do understand that there are just some that they simply won't ever like. (I've always very much disliked onions). I know for a fact they don't like tomatoes or mushrooms. I'm okay with that. But there should be more than ONE vegetable they should like, in my opinion. So my question is how do you get your kids to eat their veggies?

Another problem I face is getting my boys to simply eat what I cook. We eat somewhat healthy when we are at home. The way I run my dinner time is that they eat what I make, or they don't eat at all. There's no 'special' food for them if I think they won't like what I make. For example, last night I made brown rice, chicken, and mixed veggies consisting of red bell peppers, zucchini, squash, asparagus, green beans, and mushrooms. It was seasoned just right and SO good. Toby and I loved it. But they barely touched it. My thoughts are TOUGH! You'll just go hungry or learn to eat what I cook. Also, if dessert is involved, which is rare, I tell them to eat their veggies or no dessert. And I stick to my guns. I don't waver on this. If they do not eat dinner, they do not get dessert even if everyone else is having some. At this age, they understand it and it's their choice.

How do you handle dinner dilemmas, do you make your kids eat what you cook? or do you make something else for them altogether? Do you negotiate how much they need to eat before they can have dessert? or do you have the all or nothing rule like me?


ps. Jonyn eats almost anything ;)

5 comments:

  1. Fortunately this is a battle I've never had to fight in. My kids have always been pretty good about eating veggies. I do not, and never will, make separate meals. Our house rule is "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit!". All the kids can repeat that to you, because it's so ingrained into their minds.

    Sometime I think kids just get into the habit of saying "I don't like _____". Jordan has been telling me for a couple years that he doesn't like tomatoes (yet he eats them in everything), then last night I made a tomato and basil quiche. He was expected to eat the tomatoes, and lo and behold he suddenly tells me "Mom, I really like tomatoes now!".

    With that being said, I truly believe that some people just don't like certain foods. I would sooner go without dinner than eat mushrooms, and my dad and Josh won't touch asparagus with a ten food pole. lol

    Another way of getting the veggies in, is to blend them into other foods. We do that with smoothies a lot. Here is an awesome recipe that was posted on one of the blogs I follow.

    http://homesteadwannabes.blogspot.com/2010/03/healthy-chocolate-zucchini-cake-recipe.html

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  2. Sorry, I just reread my post and it sounds very sporadic. I guess that's what I get for trying to type a response while 5 kids are running around asking me a million questions. :)

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  3. For our family, I only make one meal and if they don't like it they don't eat. If they don't eat they wait until the next meal, even if that means all night. If there is a dessert they they have to eat all of the protein and half of the vegetable, but dessert is rare.

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  4. I'm not a short order cook... you eat whatever mama makes! :)

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  5. I have yet to have to deal with this in my house with my baby girl BUT i have seen it other houses....My aunt makes her and her husbands dinner and then also makes her sons dinner he is 18 has been going on since he was a kid. My old neighbors do the same thing as well as my sister... I was rised in a house that you ate what was cooked or you went hungrey... My daugther will be raised the same way and if you refuse to eat and throw a fit you will be going in your room for the rest of the night.. and you can eat breakfest in the morning.. I have also seen HARD CORE where if you dont eat it for dinner you will eat it for breakfest or lunch or dinner the next night... I think you are doing the right thing!

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