1. Cook them in a variety of ways
Did you enjoy plain steamed corn, broccoli, peas and carrot on a plate when you were a kid? Mostly, the answer is ‘ugh no’. So why would your kids like to be served plain steam veggies?
Cook vegetables in a variety of different ways including baking them, grilling them on the BBQ or adding them to a stir fry.
2. Flavour with herbs and spices
Adding small amounts of crushed garlic, ginger, chilli, sauces or herbs and spices makes a world of differences to the taste of vegetables. Most herbs and spices can be purchased ‘pre-crushed’ in the supermarket so they are ready to use.
3. Cook them with a healthy oil
Adding a sprinkle of a healthy cooking oil such as extra virgin olive oil when cooking vegetables not only ads extra flavour but can also increase absorption of fat-soluble vitamins during digestion.
4. Add different textures
Avoid constantly serving your kids veggies on a plate. Mix them up in a salad and add foods from other food groups with a different texture such as crunchy nuts, seeds and grains.
5. Add vinegars and sauces
Using small amounts of rice, balsamic or white wine vinegars can add a delicious flavour to veggies. You can also try serving your veggies with some healthy sauces or dips such as sweet chilli, sesame sauce, tahini, tzatziki or hummus.