My Trick to Make My Toddlers Eat Their Fruits and Veggies

Dinner time!

Two words.

Backyard picnic.


Pack a lunch or dinner (and by pack I mean grab a bunch of crap and throw it into a bag) and head out into the backyard (or a park if you’re feeling ambitious, which, quite frankly, in the heat of the summer I am not) and you can pretty much get your kids to eat anything. At least mine do. When  it’s all packaged up picnic style and I make a big smiling, skipping, singing deal about going on a picnic.

Baggies of veggies with dip. Cups of fruit with Cool Whip for dipping. Lay it out like a little buffet and before you know it they’re stuffing it in their mouths. At least my kids did.

Here is the kicker, though. And maybe a second tip. I mentioned this last week in 7 Ways To Seize The Summer but as part of this Wendy’s campaign I bought myself another Berry Almond Chicken Salad and my kids ate all the toppings. Okay so yeah, they didn’t eat the lettuce, but the fruit – check! Which is kind of cool, you know, that my kids are picking at my salad. Even though it’s also annoying. I mean, hands off, man! It’s my salad! Which, again, reverse psychology, people. The more I tell them to lay off my salad the more they want it.

A big thanks to Wendy’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.