A recent international study by meal box supplier HelloFresh shows that for 21 percent of children, eating cooked vegetables is not exactly a favorite.
According to the study, in which more than 1,500 Dutch people took part, the bitter (42%) and spicy (29%) flavors are found to be the most difficult to get a child to taste. More than a third of Dutch parents have never let their child taste anything new, an ingredient or food, and do not encourage this.
How to do that? The following tips may work:
- Change the preparation of the vegetable. Vegetables often become just a bit sweeter and crunchier in the oven.
- Give original names to the dish or vegetable. To do this, let the creativity of the children work.
- Hide the vegetables. Make a red pasta sauce with lots of vegetables and then mash it or mix, for example, cauliflower rice with the regular rice.
- Make the food into fun figures. For example, make a face of the potatoes and vegetables or if you really want to get creative, in the shape of an animal.
- Involve children in choosing a recipe and let them help prepare a dish in the kitchen.
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