The kids love to help in the kitchen, so in a vain attempt to get them to eat healthier we got the spiralizer out. I thought if we could make the vegetables fun, and get the kids involved in their preparation, then they might just try something new! Here’s how we got on.
Will a Spiralizer Encourage Kids to Eat Veg?
My kids aren’t too bad when it comes to eating veg, but they are terrible at trying anything new. They will eat boiled potatoes (as long as there is no brown bits on it!), carrots, sweetcorn, peas, broccoli. However if i dare put anything new on their plate like courgette, it’s like the world has ended. First I get the bottom lip poking out, then the tears, and then the defiant pushing the plate away, shortly followed by me trying to bribe them to just try one mouthful!
I had a eureka moment. Maybe if I made everything curly and fun using the spiralizer then they would eat it with no objection. They are always asking to help me in the kitchen (often more a hindrance than a help), but this time I decided to let them and get them having fun preparing vegetables.
I got the spiralizer out and with a little help from me, the kids spiralized courgette and potato. They kids really enjoyed doing it and even wanted to eat the veg raw! Promising I thought. So I went ahead and cooked it and served it up for dinner along with some chicken and sweetcorn.
Now the veg was all curly, and the kids enjoyed preparing it, would this mean they would eat it? No is the short answer. Oliver ate the potato, and tried the courgette but left it. Isla had a little meltdown, she did try the courgette at least but wouldn’t eat either of the spiralized veg, even though ordinarily she would eat potatoes with no problem.
So is a spiralizer the answer to getting kids to eat vegetables? Sadly in this case no, but despite the lack of success I think it is good to get the children involved in the kitchen preparing their food and learning about different vegetables, and a spiralizer definitely makes that more fun.
I will continue to put new food and veg on their plates in the hope that they will try it, the battle continues!
How do you get your kids to try new things?