Most people assume that vegetarian kids love vegetables. Unfortunately that is soooooo wrong… Both of my boys decided to become vegetarian because they didn’t like the idea of animals being killed for them to eat, but only one of them actually likes his veggies.
My other son is not at all a fan. There are only a few vegetables he likes, such as peas, raw carrots, cucumber and lettuce, but that’s about it. His idea of a nightmare meal is a veggie stirfry! (At least he has a sense of humour about it though, as he wants this t-shirt.)
It’s quite strange, as he and his brother are identical twins (they have the same genes) and were brought up in the same way in the same house, yet he hates vegetables and his brother really loves them. I suppose I can at least reassure myself that it’s unlikely to be my fault… Perhaps it was subconscious effort they made to distinguish themselves from one another, perhaps he was psychologically affected by a traumatic veggie experience when he was a baby, or perhaps it’s just one of those things – I have no idea!
All I know is that I have to work really hard to ensure he gets enough fruit and veg in his diet, as it doesn’t come naturally to him at all. Luckily I can be quite resourceful (okay, sneaky…) so ever since he was little I’ve been making sure he gets a good variety despite his aversion to most things that are green.
So how do you get kids to eat vegetables when they don’t want to? I’ve written an article with all my sneaky tips and tricks in it (just don’t tell my kids!) You can read it here: How to get kids to eat vegetables