Why My Toddler Enjoys Eating Greens

little girl cooking

Table Setting Conversation

3 year old: Daddy! I helped make the spanakopita (Greek spinach pie).

Me: Really? What did you do?

3 year old: I put in the spinach all by myself…

At the table she ate over half of her serving. I consider that a win for a new food made of dark green vegetables.

Helping Removes Apprehension

When our daughter helps make dinner she’s much more interested in trying and eating new things. This happens over and over again. Because she’s been involved in the process, she’s not scared of the first bite. Actually, sometimes she’s eager to try it.

There’s a Cost

When our kids are in the kitchen, meal preparation takes longer. And sometimes clean up needs a fire hose. You’d understand if I had a photo to share of the time the bowl of baking flour accidentally got turned over. We got to see what our kitchen would look like if everything was white.

Is It Worth It?

When possible, it is so worth it to invest the time and risk the clean up. As Diana said, it’s these early years that impact what kids will still love to eat when they are grown up.

Do you have a favorite way to involve kids in meal preparation?


Paul Martin

Paul Martin helps with websites for Full Plate Living. He writes from Orlando, Florida, where you can find him spending weekends pedaling with his whole family on their tandem bicycle and trailer.

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