Here's a shocker for you – kids usually don't like to eat vegetables. In fact, the CDC says 9 out of 10 kids don't eat enough vegetables. And why would they want to? With candy, soda and junk food available, many parents will say almost anything to get their kids to eat their veggies...
But, it turns out you might NOT HAVE TO LIE to kids...
In fact, after taking a look at over 8,000 schools, researchers found out kids will actually eat fewer veggies when they're paired with a popular entrée.
For example, if you give a kid chicken nuggets with broccoli, the nuggets get eaten and the broccoli gets thrown away. However, if you pair the broccoli with something kids don't like as much – like deli sandwiches – the veggies aren't thrown out as often and are actually eaten.
Also, instead of schools offering a side of carrots and celery OR the option of french fries – just offer the veggies. When there isn't any competition, the veggies get eaten.
And at home, if you really want your kids to eat healthier, there are a couple things you can do.
First, offer up healthier foods. So skip that pizza and instead go for a veggie omelet – something fun and different that still tastes amazing while being healthy.
Also, have your kids help make the food. If you're making a salad, have them wash the food & mix in the dressing. Kids are more likely to eat something they helped make.
So, yeah. There are plenty of ways to get your kids to be interested in eating their vegetables without lying or pandering to them.