It’s a tale as old as time… your child won’t eat their vegetables. We all know that eating enough fruits and veggies is important, but why is it so important and what can you do when your kid won't budge? We have just what you need, so keep scrolling!
When you were a kid and you were handed a full plate of brussel sprouts there's a good chance that you were among the vast majority of kids that wasn’t too happy about them. It’s incredibly common for kids to avoid eating veggies, and it makes sense! Just take a moment to think of all the things vegetables have to compete with; mac and cheese, hot dogs, and cookies just to name a few.
So what do vegetables have to do with deficiencies? Well, there are exactly 13 vitamins that are known as the “essential vitamins.” They are essential because 1) we cannot live without them and 2) we cannot make them on our own and have to get them through our diet. These vitamins are best found in different fruits and veggies, and most junk foods have usually been so processed that by the time they make them onto your kids’ plate there aren't any vitamins left! The World Health Organization has even estimated that roughly 250 million children are vitamin A deficient. This could lead them to develop blindness, and in worse cases can even cause death!
Now we know why it's so important that your kid eats enough veggies. The CDC recommends that children eat between 1 and 3 full servings a day (depending on their age and size.) Some kids do this no problem, but some will fight tooth and nail to avoid those essential servings. So what can you do when your kid refuses to eat vegetables? Use our favorite method … Stealth Nutrition!