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How to make kids eat healthy food like vegetables and fruits – Healthy snack and lunch recipes that kids will enjoy.

Updated on June 17, 2013

Eat Your Vegetables Day!

Every year on June 17, we celebrate Eat your Vegetables day! This day is to highlight the importance of vegetables and their nutritional value. It would be a great day to start eating healthy and nutritious food.

Kids don’t like to eat vegetables.

Burgers, pizzas, French fries, ice creams and all the other food stuffs that kids love are not always healthy or nutritious for them. Give them chocolate ice cream and they will jump with joy but put a plate full of veggies in front of them and they will run for their life. No kid wants to eat veggies and green leafy food when there’s so much yummy food available. But it’s a parent’s job to make their kids eat healthy and nutritious food. If they won’t eat them directly, find a way to sneak vegetables in their favorite snacks.

Kids are fussy eaters. ‘Mom I don’t like vegetables, I won’t drink milk, fruits are not tasty, I want chocolates!’ These are some of the things kids say to avoid eating healthy food. It’s important to incorporate healthy eating habits in your kids from an early age. Most kids don’t like healthy food because it looks unexciting. So make their food look like fun and something yummy to eat. And most importantly, follow the food guide pyramid. It is meant for your child’s health and nutrition.

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What is the food guide pyramid?

Food guide pyramid is an easy way to learn about healthy eating. It has 5 major food group known as

1) Fast food or junk food (0-3 servings) – Chips, chocolates, burgers and such fast foods are included in this group. These should be eaten less.

2) Milk (3-4 servings) - Foods include milk, yogurt and cheese. The key ingredient is calcium, which builds strong teeth and bones.

3) Fruits (2-4 servings) - Fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C, which heals cuts and keeps skin healthy, and fiber, which helps your digestion. So stock up on fruits - fresh fruit, dried fruit, frozen fruit, canned fruit... they're all good!

4) Vegetables (3-5 servings) - Veggies are also great sources of fiber and vitamin A. Just remember that darker colored vegetables, like carrots and broccoli, have more nutrients.
5) Meat (2-3 servings) - Foods include meat (beef, chicken, turkey, fish, pork but not bacon), beans and nuts. This group provides iron and protein, which gives you strong muscles.

6) Grains (6-11 servings) - This food group gives you energy because it contains carbohydrates. Includes breads, cereals, rice and pasta.

Healthy food & lunch recipes for kids

Make healthy food interesting with these fun videos. When kids are given veggies with their favorite snacks, they hardly make a fuss. These easy to make snacks are tasty, healthy and oh so yummy!

1) Peanut butter and jelly cupcakes

2) Banana muffin recipe

3) Chicken strips recipe

4) Egg salad sandwich

5) Ham and cheese crackers

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      This is great. I love the recipes and pictures are cute. You know what, I appreciate your hub. This is very useful. As a mom, I'm very handy and picky when it comes to food. I cook a lot for my kids and make sure I prepare something healthy for them. I did not even let them buy their lunch in school canteen. (Though foods in school canteens now are required to serve healthy foods) I still have to send them meals that I cooked and prepare to make sure they can eat more nutritious food. Sometimes I allowed them to have some junk foods but that is just to balance everything in order for them not to crave for those improper diets when I'm out of their sight.

      Thank you for this. Awesome! Sharing, too!

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 3 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Love this hub! A must-read for mothers like me. Thanks Anuradha!

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      Anuradha Javeri 3 years ago

      Thank you for reading and liking my hub. I'm glad it was helpful. It's very important that kids eat healthy and nutritious food and if parents have to find sneaky ways to feed them veggie, then so be it.

      Have a great day :)

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