How do you get teenagers to eat their vegies?


Jane - posted on 03/25/2010




Teenagers won't eat anything they don't like. Stop trying! Multi-vitamin will help supplement. Don't stress over a non-veggie eater as a teenager. I ate absolutely NO vegetables as a kid all the way through my teens. Now, I eat EVERY vegetable and prefer veggies over anything else. Just make sure everything else is balanced and again, multi-vitamin.

Cassandra - posted on 03/25/2010




I have two teenagers and they will not eat vegetables either. It's like pulling teeth! Try the V8 Splash, but you have to get the Mango Peach flavor. They love it. And it has all the servings of vegetables they will need. They didn't even know what it was when I first started buying it. Buy a small kool-aid pitcher and pour it in, its orange in color and has a fruity taste. They couldn't believe they were drinking V8. Good luck

Errin - posted on 03/24/2010




I have 2 boys 15 and 14 and they eat all veggies I give them a baggy of raw veggies in their lunch but not just the boring ones, they get carrots, grape tomatoes, snap peas, cucumber, red pepper. However every supper we have a salad and it is different every nite, I make about 15 to 20 different salads so they don't get bored and we rotate through the cooked veggies as well, so that we aren't repeating the same veggies night after night, we have stirfries, baked veggies, BBQ'd, and I also vary sauces and additions to them. We will have almonds in them and parmesan cheese, butter, honey on carrots. No I don't spend hours thinking up recipes, I work full time and alot of it is shift work so most of the recipes are simple and easy. I did by a few vegetable cookbooks and visit websites such as to shake up the ideas.

Patricia - posted on 03/24/2010




Well, I am grateful that my two boys (now teenagers) pretty much love every vegetable there is...including brussel sprouts. However, if I ever babysat and those children did not like vegetables, I always found that a little cheese on top does wonders.


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Kristi - posted on 03/27/2010




One thing that you can do is to fodd process it and and it to soups or other foods that you make all the time they will never lnow it is in there and when you dont make something with it in it they will tell you that tastes different. That is the way we get all three of our kids to eat them.

Tracy - posted on 03/24/2010




As we grow and age our tastes change, and we are more willing to try new foods. Some foods that we liked as kids we don't like any more, and some foods that we hated as kids we now like. There is still hope for your teens!

The way I got my kids to eat veggies when they were little was to give them raw carrots and brocolli with Ranch dressing dip. They loved to dip so much they didn't realize they were eating veggies. I also put peanut butter in raw celery, which they gobbled down, and somehow they just naturally loved tomato soup, so I fixed that as a source of vitamin A. They also liked pumpkin bread and sweet potatoes (but now they won't eat those.) I always served a hot vegetable at dinner, usually green beans or corn, and they would usually eat the corn but take a "no thank you bite" of the green beans. That is something I made up to get them to try one bite. Now they eat green beans just about any time. Once I knew that they liked raw carrots, cucumbers, (my daughter even likes mushrooms) and ranch dressing, I decided to start serving them salad. They now eat that. Especially with bacon bits and croutons in it!

I don't think it would be that much different to try these things with teens. You can at least rationalize with them and tell them that our bodies need healthy food to help fight off diseases like cancer, so we have to eat a few things that maybe aren't our favorite foods but they will help us to live longer, healthier lives. Just keep serving them veggies on their plates. The more they get used to seeing them there, the more likely they are to try them. And don't forget a once daily vitamin; mine still take Flintstones!

Louise - posted on 03/24/2010





My teenagers don't like veggies much either so I hide them in things like lasagne I'll put in gratted carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers. Shepherds pie with oven baked cubed, potatoes, parsnips, swede, and carrots on the top. Fajitas with peppers onions gratted courgette and carrot. Bubble and squeak made with cabbage, bacon and onions. Tempora vegetable with spicy tomato sauce, deep fried battered broccoli and cauliflower or any other vegetable. My kids will eat their veg if it is not just a plate of veg! I don't blame them boiled veg is not very exciting is it. Hope this helps

Tracey - posted on 03/24/2010




try salads. Invite his/her friends over for a meal. Serve lots of salads and some lean cold cuts, after have fruit salad or fruit platter.
My son has always love vegetables but my friend 5 out 5 kids would not eat vegetables. Her 2 girls will now they are 15 and 16, because their friends all eat salads.
Good luck.

Sherry - posted on 03/23/2010




If they aren't by now, I wouldn't expect much to change. I have one that's always been a 'good' eater and one that is super picky/selective. Now they are 10 & 13, it's the same story. For my picky (near vegi-free) one, we try to get the nutrients in him from juice, vitamins, and other healthy foods. As long as the good stuff is going in, it doesn't really matter the source. It used to really worry me, but the pediatricians kept telling me that he's growing, strong, and healthy so he's getting what he needs.

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