Getting your kids to eat more vegetables can be tricky, but I have found a no-fail way to help our kiddos eat more veggies! I am excited to partner with Boogies wipes for this sponsored post, because teaching our kids healthy habits is SO important!
I want to give you a little “hack” that we use in our house to teach our kids to eat a little more healthy. We eat dinner every night, but we usually don’t eat until close to 6:00, by the time that homework is done and the kids are inside, playing.
That doesn’t stop the “Mom, I’m so hungry!” chat that starts around 4:00. Here is what it looks like…
“Mom! I’m hungry!”
“Can I have a snack?”
“Can I have a granola bar?”
“I want some cereal”
So what I have started doing is preparing a healthy platter every day (well- lets be honest. Its about 4-5 days a week) of just simple stuff: cut up broccoli, carrots, apple slices, orange slices, green pepper slices- whatever we have on hand. In the middle sits a bowl of ranch or ranch flavored greek yogurt.
When they come home from school, they all have to immediately go into the bathroom and wash their hands. I use this Kandoo hand soap because the kids love it & it kills germs.
I think that sometimes it takes a team to keep your kids clean… you know? Well, Kandoo is a line of children’s personal care products designed to keep kids clean (they have flushable wipes, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, hand sanitizer, and hair detangler.). They even have great tips on their page to teach kids to get clean on their own.
When the questions start I just say “There are snacks on the table.” These aren’t what they had in mind & they usually whine a bit, but I stick to my guns on this one. With it being so close to dinner, if they eat this, I don’t really care how much of their dinner they eat because they are getting the really good stuff now. I don’t have to say “finish your plate” because they have filled up on a healthy appetizer.
I have to watch though- If I put out strawberries or blueberries, they eat so much of that & will be completely full before dinner & not leave any room for the real protein part of the meal.
How to get started:
- Run to your favorite produce store and grab enough to last you at least 3-4 days (Our kids eat about 1-2 green peppers at a sitting, so I stock up. Cucumbers are cheap & the kids love them! Think of anything that your kids will eat & maybe throw in something new.)
- Cut them up on day 1. Use some & put the rest in a baggie or in an air-tight container for tomorrow.
- Lay them out on a platter & put it on your kitchen table, or somewhere accessible to your kids.
- Let them dig in & eat whatever they want (or as much as you want them to have).
- My kids will just walk by & grab a pepper slice or orange slice. A few minutes, later, they’ll do it again.
It holds them over until dinner & fills their belly with healthy food! Yay!
Ps- Off topic, but another way that we keep the kids healthy is by keeping them as germ-free as we can. I never leave the home without these in my purse are Boogie Wipes: