Parents reveal the top tricks they still use to get their kids to eat
bribing with dessert, and creating pictures still used by modern day
It’s an age
old struggle for parents around the world. How do you get your kids to
eat their vegetables instead of pushing them around their plates, hoping
you’ll give up?
according to a new poll out, classic tricks and old fashioned subterfuge
are still being used by parents, with number one
the list the simple camouflaging of veg within other foods and sauces.
the list is the threat of no dessert if veggies aren’t eaten first,
while third was telling children that vegetables would give them special
powers such as the old ‘carrots will help you see in the dark’, or
‘spinach will give you muscles as big as Popeye’.
the list were rewarding children for polishing off their greens with
toys and stickers, making it into a competition between siblings and
friends as to who can eat their veggies first, and telling their
children their favourite superheroes or characters loves their
And it’s no
surprise parents are going to such lengths still to get vegetables into
their children in any way they can, with only half of all children
eating veggies willingly and one in ten actively avoiding them,
according to the survey of more than 1,000 parents by Green Giant.
Four out of
five parents admitted their children don’t get their advised five
portions of fruit and veg a day, while one in five parents will allow
their children to leave their veggies – sometimes just to avoid the
stress that goes hand in hand with meal times when vegetables are
involved. A number of parents stated that their children eat vegetables
so rarely that they feel elated if they even eat a mouthful. In turn,
parents can spend on average up to two hours on top of mealtimes each
week trying to prompt their children to eat their vegetables.
difficult is it for you to get your kids to eat what they should and
what tactics do you use to get them into your children? Colin Jackson
always ate his vegetables when he was a youngster and was told by his
mum that if he did, he would grow up to be a World Champion athlete and
Olympic Medallist…..and we know how that story ends!
joined with Green Giant to help parents come up with ways to educate
their kids on healthy eating and even get them to grow to love their
veggies. Listen to our podcast with Colin Jackson where he discusses the
importance of balance in your children’s diets and tactics parents can
draw on to help mealtimes run more smoothly.
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