So many people who follow healthy eating plans struggle to get their whole family eating the same meals as them. This is usually because of members of the family, particularly young children, not wanting many vegetables. Here are some tips to make vegetables for kids more fun

Adults can also get bored with the same vegetables and lose interest easily. I thought I would share some hints and tips on how to make your vegetables more interesting. Also, pop and see if any of my recipes help,

variety of vegetables for kids to enjoy along with a colourful selection of fruit

Why make vegetables for kids?

Everyone needs the nutrients in vegetables and fruit, these suggestions are not just for kids but for adults who don’t like vegetables too.

If children are encouraged from a young age to eat and love vegetables then there is no reason that they wouldn’t continue to eat them as adults.

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Spiralized vegetables for kids

Instead of normal pasta try courgette, butternut squash or carrot, you might love it. If you don’t try you won’t know! I love butternut squash spiralised and raw in a salad!

Most supermarkets have a variety of spiralised vegetables now so you don’t necessarily have to do it yourself at home!

Roast vegetables

Have you tried roasted beetroot? It tastes so different from pickled beetroot and is lovely sprinkled with a little paprika!

Other vegetables can taste so different roasted too. Try half a red onion roasted with rosemary and roast potatoes, absolutely delicious!

Two recipes using roasted vegetables you might enjoy are Roasted Mediterranean vegetables in a balsamic tomato sauce and roasted vegetable salad.

Mash

You don’t just have to mash potatoes, other veg like swede, carrot, parsnip and butternut squash can be lovely mashed too. If you are not sure try just adding a little to your normal mashed potato and see what you think.

If you hate standing for ages mashing potatoes then you should consider a Masha, it is an electric potato masher, we have one I love it.

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Chips

Potatoes aren’t the only vegetable you can make into chips, swede, parsnip and carrot all make lovely chips but my favourite is definitely butternut squash.

Butternut squash chips are not as crispy but they are yummy all the same! Some supermarkets sell butternut squash waffles if you want to buy something ready-made!

Check out my chip making guide.

Add a Sauce

Once you pour a sauce over vegetables they taste so different. How about making a gravy or a tomato-based sauce?

Some of our favourites are Mediterranean Vegetables in a Balsamic Tomato Sauce and Onion Gravy.

Puree into a Sauce or soup

Instead of eating the vegetables whole how about making them into a sauce or a soup. The onion gravy I make (recipe here) is full of onions yet a child having it on sausage and mash wouldn’t necessarily know that! I love butternut squash and red pepper soup.

I also love making a BBQ Sauce that is full of vegetables too, the recipe I make is for a chunky sauce but there is nothing stopping you from blending it down if you prefer.

Blending them in passata with herbs helps too as this can make a Bolognese type sauce that fussy eaters or children won’t know is full of vitamins! A great way of doing these vegetables for kids in their favourite bolognese meal.

If you are making a curry then my mushy pea curry recipe can easily be blended down to make a smooth sauce.

Stir fry

Some vegetables taste so different stir-fried and putting lots of vegetables in a stir fry can really be an easy way to get lots of vegetables into a meal.

Ben used to love making “Rainbow Stir Fry” which essentially was a stir fry where he put lots of different colours of the rainbow into it. He enjoyed that he could cut his favourites into various shapes and sizes. It made him so much more likely to eat it!

Stir fry made like this is a great way of doing vegetables for kids with their favourite meats or vegetarian alternatives and lots of colourful vegetables!

If you are looking for an easy stir fry sauce try adding some diet orangeade and a little passata to make a sweet and sour sauce, just cook the vegetables in that for about ten minutes and you have vegetables in an easy sweet and sour sauce!

Cauliflower Rice

Some people say they really don’t like this which of course is fine, but how about mixing it half and half with your normal rice and trying that?

I make a lovely cauliflower Pilau rice which is all vegetables but so tasty because you are adding the pilau rice seasoning. It could be made using normal rice if you prefer to and still adds a few extra vegetables.

Other ways of making vegetables more fun

However you make your vegetables more fun you can always add flavours to give them a different taste, we often use the Schwartz seasonings but many supermarkets do their own. Adding a fajita seasoning to them, for example, can give them a totally different taste in a really easy sprinkle!

There are so many different things you could try, even just a little sprinkle of garlic granules?

You can find all of my butternut squash tips and recipes to help you.

Don’t forget to try and add vegetables to every meal including a BBQ.

Etsy for weight loss

If you are like me and like buying fun new items to motivate your weight loss, then here are my favourites. Etsy is great for kitchen and weight loss goodies. I could spend hours browsing there.

There are so many great food diaries too so you can record your meal plans and track your weight loss to keep a record of the good and bad weeks. Click the photos to have a look for yourself.

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