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Tips for getting kids to eat vegetables

Updated on December 17, 2010

Tips for getting kids to eat vegetables

            All parents have that problem: Getting their children to eat the proper amounts of fruit and vegetables. For some, it is a hassle. And for others, it is an impossible task. But it is very important to get our kids eating the right kinds of foods. So how do we do it? Below are some easy follow tips to get your children on the right track of eating healthy.

            Tip1: The most important thing we have to know is that we can’t just talk the talk and not the walk the walk. Eat just as much fruits and vegetables you need. Show your kids that you eat them and you like it. Pretty soon, your kids will start following that habit and be eating on their own in no time. This is just the same as when you eat unhealthy foods, they will want to eat it as well. Influence is the key. Set a good example for your kids and they will thank you for it.

            Tip 2: Kids have a very strong sweet tooth. So when it comes to fruits, make sure to give them the sweetest and tastiest. Examples of these are strawberries, bananas, cherries, and oranges. This way, they will love fruits just as much as candy.

            Tip 3: Make shakes and smoothies. It is pretty simple to make fruits and vegetables fun for children. Shakes are easy to whip up and they make fruits and vegetables more appetizing. Put them in colorful containers and add straws. They will enjoy the shakes or smoothies and become healthier in the process.

            Tip 4: Add vegetables to every dish. It is easy to add different varieties to every dish you make. Basically, even if the recipe does not ask for any type of vegetable, add some. Make sure that the vegetable you add blends with the flavor of you dish, otherwise, it will just taste awful. Finley chopping them is one of the best ways to incorporate them into the food.

            Tip 5: Start making them eat fruit and vegetable salads. Salads are delicious enough on their own, and your kids will like it too if well prepared. Add little bits of meats for starters then gradually lessen the meat and let them get used to it without the certain add on. The mayo or dressing in the salad will count as a strong flavor to it, so make sure what you choose tastes good for you and your kids.

            Tip 6: Let them choose their fruit or vegetable. At first, let them choose the kind of produce that they think will taste good, this will stimulate their brains into thinking whatever they think looks good will taste good. And soon, they will have their favorite fruits and vegetables that they will keep asking for.

            The most important thing to do is to start your kids eating varied vegetables when they are very young. This is particularly easy for vegetarian parents. Also make sure to never stop the exposing your kids to healthier choices of food to make them more used to it rather than to stave away from it. Making your kids eat vegetables and fruits are a very important factor in developing your child’s growth. If done correctly, this will benefit you and your children in the future.

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      7 years ago

      Parents and teachers interested in getting kids to develop a friendly attitude towards fruits and vegetables should take a look at new book called “The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond.” Bought in quantity for class use. Suitable for kids of all ages as it is two books in one – children first learn their alphabet through produce poems and then go on to hundreds of related activities. It is coauthored by best-selling food writer David Goldbeck and Jim Henson writer Steve Charney.

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