Cooking with Lynn: How to get children excited about vegetables in the kitchen
SALISBURY, Md. – 47 ABC is bringing you more tips and tricks from Lynn Matava, a nutrition educator with the University of Maryland Extension’s Snap Ed Program.
Today, Lynn is showing us new ways to get your kiddos excited about vegetables in the kitchen.
One way you can do this is by having a “Try Day”, where you bring new foods into the kitchen and encourage your children to try them. Lynn says trying new fruits and vegetables is especially easy this time of year with the availability of farmers markets.
Things such as multicolored carrots can add some excitement to your Try Day, or even cutting vegetables up into smaller pieces, adding olive oil or other cooking oils, and roasting them in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
Lynn also recommends having some tasting rules when getting your kids to try new foods, which include:
- Everyone tastes the food (allergy exempt)
- Not allowing words such as “yuck” and “ugh”, especially before tasting
- Encouraging kids to use adjectives to describe what they like and don’t care for about food tastes and textures
- Encourage them to taste the food first before deciding if they like it or not, and after tasting, allow them to choose if they want to finish eating the remainder on their plate
- Encourage them to try the food even if they have tried it at some other place and time
“At the end of the day it’s just about trying to find a way to get some more fruits and veggies in so we can all be as healthy as possible.”
Lynn also adds that the Eat Smart website has the option to search for recipes by ingredient.