Why Do Kids Hate Green Food?

The offender.

Green has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Green grass, summer leaves, granny smith apples, emeralds, money…my life would be a sad one if green didn’t exist. My children, on the other hand, can’t stand green. Well, in the form of food, that is. Like many, my children recoil in terror the minute something green approaches the general vicinity of their plates.

What is the big deal? Green doesn’t taste bad, does it? I mean, sure, I would probably rather eat a bowl of strawberries than kale, but kale can be delicious! Has anyone tried baked kale chips with sea salt? A downright delicacy, if you ask me. (That reminds me – just last night as I was baking kale in the oven, the kids walked in and Wito exclaimed to his sister,  “UGH, mom’s making that green stuff that smells like garbage again.”)

(I must admit, kale does smell rather disgusting during the baking process. L’eau de stale fart.)

Fine, SOME green things don’t taste that great, but I know that my son’s aversion to green isn’t just about the way it tastes. It’s the association of the color tasting bad that does him in. Case in point – we are a family of morning smoothie drinkers. Every morning I make the same smoothie containing apples, bananas, oranges, mango, chia seeds, and the dreaded SPINACH. It’s truly delicious – you can’t taste the spinach at all, and 3 out of the 4 of us love it. However, Wito dramatically gags every time I make him take a sip. So, I decided to throw a handful of blueberries into the mix, just to change the color of the smoothie to purple. Surprise surprise, even though the smoothie tasted the exact same, suddenly it was THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER. Because it was purple! Not green! Cue overdramatic eye rolling.

Kids, man, What can you do? No, really, WHAT CAN YOU DO? I guess keep a bag of frozen blueberries in the freezer every day of the year.

What about your kids? Are they cool with green? If so, I bow down to you.


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