(Family Features) When it comes to promoting a healthy diet, it can be difficult to convince children to eat their fruits and vegetables. The last thing you want to do is take away from quality family time by persuading picky eaters to complete a nutritious meal, especially at the dinner table.
The experts at Birds Eye frozen vegetables offer these strategies to get kids excited about adding vegetables to their favorite dinner meals.
- Spark interest by getting kids involved. Click here to see more.It’s easy to get kids more engaged in mealtime by including them while you’re preparing and cooking family meals. Teach kids how to measure out herbs and spices, or have them pick out their favorite Birds Eye vegetable to serve with dinner.
- Embrace variety to keep dinnertime boredom from creeping in. Just like adults, kids can become bored with the same old rotation of veggies every week. Branch out from the basics by tapping into the 40 different vegetable varieties Birds Eye offers year round in the freezer section. With affordable prices and a broad selection, it’s easy to spark kids’ interest by encouraging them to look forward to a new vegetable to try each evening.
- Introduce new foods slowly, pairing them on the table with familiar foods. Click here to see more.It can be difficult to get little ones to try new foods – especially fruits and veggies, so introduce foods slowly. Add in new flavors and tastes alongside their favorite dishes. Try serving your family’s favorite dips, salsa or hummus with veggies to get them more willing to expand their taste preferences.
Starting at a young age will help kids establish healthy, well-rounded eating habits to last a lifetime. There’s no better time than dinnertime to start modeling smart behaviors for them to follow.
For more recipes and ideas for incorporating more veggies into your family’s diet, visit www.birdseye.com.
Pan-Sautéed Orange Chicken with Broccoli
1 orange, juiced and zested (about 1/3 cup juice and 2 teaspoons zest)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 pound thin-sliced chicken breast
Salt and ground black pepper
Source: Birds Eye