Kids & Green Beans

Wouldn't it be great if kids came with a manual? Sure, we want them to have their own unique personalities, but also grow up to be honest, good adults. And since we don't have that manual, every day is a day for learning and trying new things. For instance, how to get a child to eat green beans?

This, my friends, is something I've been working on since mine were six months old. This summer, however, my kids have been openly eating their veggies, and I'm trying not to look too surprised. I’m scared they'll notice me staring at them in awe and immediately drop the broccoli and pretend they don't like it, just because I noticed. Anyone else's kids like that?

Something I’m doing differently this summer is getting them more involved in which fruits and veggies we eat during the week. If we are at the store, I let them each pick out a fruit and vegetable. Since then, I've noticed that they tend to give it a try when it lands on their plate at dinnertime.

This summer we've finally been able to plant a garden that has produced some nice veggies. We started picking ripe produce a few weeks ago, and I noticed that the kids will eat it if they get to pick it. Our garden is producing a LOT of green beans right now. Thankfully, there are so many ways to prepare them! My two-year-old loves to eat them raw right from the garden. Hey, if he wants to eat them that way, have at it! Eating raw veggies has some really good health benefits. I have my four-year-old help me in the kitchen with cleaning and preparing them on the stove. My favorite green bean recipe is Sautéed Green Beans with Seasoned Salt. You can easily swap out the Seasoned Salt for another seasoning; I usually let my four-year-old rummage through all my Tastefully Simple seasonings and pick one out!

Sauteed Green Beans

Do any of you have tips on how to get your kids to eat their green beans? Let me know in the comments below!

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