By Robin Bashinsky
January 09, 2011

I’ve got this problem.  See, my wife and I like green vegetables but rarely eat them at the house.  Why? Because I’ve let my picky-eater kids hijack dinnertime.  Pizza, hotdogs, spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes?  My son won’t touch any of these, so you can imagine what his thoughts are on green vegetables and my daughter while a little more open-minded towards some foods feels the same way.  (Actually it’s not all bad, as my kids actually eat a pretty healthy diet with the one glaring exception.)

A portion of grilled meat, chicken, or fish accompanied by some fresh fruit, yogurt and whole-grain bread is pretty standard fare around dinnertime.  Trouble is with between two working parents, sports practices, gymnastics, etc. that our limited food-prep time’s often spent getting their specific meals together, and my wife and I are generally just left to cobble together something from whatever protein we prepare and scavenge for the rest if we want to eat at the same time as our kids.  So I’ve got this plan...

Over the next month, I’m going to launch a tri-partite salvage mission on our dinnertime experience involving a) introducing green veggies to their diet with a variety of preparations and see if we can’t get one to stick, b) fun ways to enjoy veggies outside of dinnertime proper (e.g. celery and peanut butter, cucumber in a fruit smoothie), and most importantly perhaps, c) finding intelligent and easy ways to incorporate green veggies into the food preparation process so that even accounting for the heavy resistance we’re sure to meet from the young ‘uns, my wife and I can at least recapture dinnertime for the adults on occasion.  Stay tuned to this space...


*Read Robin's full story about getting his kids to eat their green veggies and find tips for getting your kids to eat the good stuff. It's all part of our Healthy Habits challenge. January is all about eating more fruits and veggies.