Many moms struggle with how to get your kids to eat vegetables. We want our families to be healthy and nutrition is a major aspect of health.
I like to think I’m a healthy eater, and consequently, that my family eats healthy too. Lately though, in an effort to squeeze into my skinny jeans, I started keeping a food log and was shocked to find out I was barely meeting the prescribed 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day. And I knew that if I was barely meeting the minimum requirement, the chances that my vegetable-reluctant kids were getting their share were pretty low.
Coincidentally, about the same time I had this realization, my friend mentioned to me how funny her kids were responding to a vegetable-eating contest she had started between them. They were gorging themselves on vegetables just to win the tally each day (tracked by a chart she kept on the fridge door). Since my whole family is CRAZY competitive, I realized this was a windfall of an idea.
As usual, I looked all over the internet for an easy, printable (and cute!) chart that would suit my needs. Below, are my favorites. Remember, if your family doesn’t share my family’s strange compulsion to win at all costs, you might have to incorporate a reward system. Suggestions: winner gets to choose dessert after dinner, winner gets to be in charge of the remote control for 30 minutes, winner doesn’t have to help clean up after dinner.
Fruit & Veggie Eater Meter– This one is an entire system including shopping plan and rewards. I originally saw it on peasandcrayons.com, who found it on foodchamps.org. Food Champs has lots of other fun activities and games to help kids get excited about eating fruits and vegetables.
If you’ve struggled with how to get your kids to eat vegetables, hopefully one of these charts will help.
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