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How do you get kids to eat veggies?

Beautiful girl with fresh vegetables

Today, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables, according to The State Of The Plate report. That is not good!

We do not live in a democracy in our house. It is more of a dictatorship with my husband and I trying to overthrow each other (just kidding). But make no mistake my husband and I are in charge.

However like many parents do we have come to realize that there are some battles we don't to repeatedly fight. We handle our lives and we didn't want to battle over things that frankly we really much care about to begin with. I am talking about vegetables.

My children are pains when it comes to vegetables that we devised a system that really works for us and lets our kids pick which vegetables they are going to eat each night. Here is what we use:

Get kids to eat their Veggies with this simple card gameWe cut out these cards and laminated them. Every night the kids get to choose what vegetable(s) we are having the next night. The only catch is that they must use all of their cards before starting again. Click that picture above to get your Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies Printable.

This system has worked so well for us that I have friends using it now. Kids get to make choices but they have to work together to make them. In fact, my kids love this system so much that they want to do it with entrees. THAT is not going to happen.

Kids Veggies


This year, Birds Eye has partnered with Melissa d’Arabian, celebrity chef, mom of four, and host of’s web series The Picky Eaters Project, to make a difference and help moms with the dinnertime dilemma. If you have picky eaters like I do then you know how important it is to make certain kids are getting the vegetables they need.

Everyone knows it can be tough to get a balanced meal on the table every day and we’re here to help. Birds Eye frozen vegetables helps mom by providing nutritious, tasty veggies that kids will love. Together, Birds Eye and Melissa are combining their expertise in getting children to eat more veggies, one bite at a time. Step Up To The Plate is Birds Eye's long-term commitment to reshaping kids’ veggie perceptions and getting children to like veggies for life.

Birds Eye continues to make eating more vegetables a reality by showing families how to fill half the plate with veggies in fun and simple ways moms and kids will both like. By providing moms with more than 40 unique vegetable blends year round at affordable prices, Birds Eye continues to be her ally in the dinnertime dilemma.

Gumbo 6


This is one of our other tricks for getting kids to eat vegetables. We slow cook them and make delicious soups or gumbos. Above is what we had last night for dinner and we used Birds Eye veggies. This recipe uses the French Cut Green Beans


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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. Cynthia R

    Oh the daily struggle with vegetable intake, there would be so much less stress and fighting if I can get this to work.

  2. My oldest has always been good about eating his veggies – my little man on the other hand is the complete opposite. I have to sneak them in when I can with him.

  3. I am usually the “sneaker” lol. I have to try to find wise to disguise veggies so my little man will eat them!

  4. This is a great idea. I want to try to use it with my husband. We always seem to eat the same veggies over and over again!

  5. When they’re soft and tender and infused with flavor, they would definitely be more appealing. Great idea!

  6. Pam

    This is a great idea! My kids were always more willing to eat veggies or new foods if they felt like they had a choice in the matter.

  7. I love the sign idea for choosing vegetables. I may try that (but with pictures since my son can’t read just yet.)

  8. Catherine S

    This sounds like a great idea. My son always wants to eat the same 3 vegetables. I will have to try this with him.

  9. Great idea! All my kiddos eat veggies except the oldest who I have to hide things in his food for:) lol kids

  10. My husband is big on giving choices, and I’m usually the opposite. I might need to rethink my method of getting my kids to eat their veggies.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia

    I was very lucky and did not have picky eaters. My kids always loved there veggies. The only issue we had was getting my daughter to eat meat. I like the recipes where you can hide the veggies.

  12. I am so very thankful that my daughter has always liked veggies. We do not have a issue with that.

  13. Such a great idea! This is helpful for those picky eaters.

  14. Getting kids to eat their veggies all the time can be hard! Thanks for the tips!

  15. I love fruits but enjoy vegetables more. I have them at every meal.

  16. I just now realized I liked sweet potatoes. Only took 30 years!

  17. I lucked out. My girls LOVE veggies and will chose them over sweets. I really like the card system though. I’ll have to try that in other areas my kids aren’t so good at.

  18. These are some great tips. I’m pretty lucky that my kids LOVE veggies. If they could, it’s all they would eat.

  19. Rosey

    Anything that gets the kids to eat their veggies is a-okay in my book. It’s fun to find new ways to make them that the kids do like.

  20. I like your printable idea but that means I actually have to have those vegetables on hand when they ask! I could see that being the the downfall of this system for me.

  21. I love the card idea to let kids choose. I would leave out the brussels sprouts card though 🙂

  22. Using those cards for the kids to decide what vegetables are for dinner is such a great idea! Especially since they have to use them all up before starting over again. Great idea!

  23. This is such a great idea! My kids are pretty good about eating veggies, but this would probably force me to be creative about cooking veggies they don’t like quite as much!

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