Editor’s Dose: Adventures with kids and vegetables

My twins are turning five this year, and they have officially reached the “vegetables are gross” stage. Fortunately, I can exclude my three-year-old girl and two-year-old boy from this dilemma . . . at least two out of four of my kids will eat their greens (and actually enjoy it!).

The twins, however, are another story— and even though I strike out more often than I hit a home run, I keep presenting them with different options. I’m absolutely positive that if I keep preparing the same vegetable in different ways, eventually, they will like it (or I will get lucky and find a different one that they will eat by changing it up). They won’t touch broccoli (even when prepared with cheese), asparagus, brussels sprouts, cucumber, and butternut squash (to my surprise and dismay).

Focusing on the positive though, they DO enjoy green beans, carrots, pickles, corn (at least, most of the time), salads, sweet potato, and potatoes. They also enjoy tomato (I know, it’s technically a fruit, but I have to count my blessings here). I’ve also found that sometimes I can sneak in an extra bit of vegetables in a casserole that they normally would not eat on a plate (like peas in a chicken pot pie or sweet peppers in a tamale pie). My point is, when it comes to kids and vegetables, I’ve found the motto “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” really works.


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