My refrigerator leads a double life. No longer just for food storage, it’s an art gallery, too. This happened soon after our little guy picked up his first box of crayons. He’d sweep a few colorful lines across paper and voilà. A new creation was ready for display. Soon, I realized how to get kids to eat vegetables.
For all the time spent smiling over those playful pictures, I wish it had dawned on me sooner: treat what’s inside the fridge as art, too.
Coloring with Food
The works of this particular young Picasso are simple. We can’t trust him with crayons for long before he tries to eat them. That’s the irony of picky eating. He won’t touch eggs, but wax flavored with primary colors is okay. When deprived of actual art supplies, he discovers new mediums.
Did you know that a sippy cup turned upside down makes a great paintbrush? Just press the mouthpiece on the floor, or any surface really, and the contents flood right out.
It just makes sense that we should take the hint and get artsy with food. As the kiddos have shown us, it doesn’t have to be fancy to look fun. No longer do you have to wonder how to get kids to eat vegetables.
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Use Food Trays as a Canvas
With my son’s booster seat food tray as the canvas, we now have a new strategy to fight picky eating. Sweet potatoes have been a struggle in my household for quite some time. The only way I could get the little guy to eat them was to mash them up and hide them in other foods.
Sweet potato pancakes often work. We must always change it up, though. We have no go-to meals. The kid gets wise to that quickly and starts to turn up his nose to things. I decided to present baked sweet potatoes again, but in an artsy way.
How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables
There would be no secrets this time. I peeled and sliced the cooked potatoes. Then, I cut each slice in half. I arranged them to look like petals. A little potato dollop in the center of the “flower” completed the look. Next, the accent garden of yogurt, sesame seed ginger cookies, bits of spirulina bar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon across the whole thing. The cookies and bar were both Go Raw products. I like them because they are easy to grab and go foods. They have only organic, simple, GMO-free ingredients.
Overall, the meal was fast and easy. More importantly, it worked. The kid ate all of his potatoes and everything else on his plate. He even asked for seconds. That’s what I call priceless art.