We know the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, but tell that to your child and they’ll probably turn up their noses. Sometimes it’s even hard for adults to eat their daily servings. No worries, below are some helpful tips to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Introducing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at a young age is best and being consistent with it will ensure good eating habits.
5 tips to get your child eating more fruits and vegetables
1. Have fruits and vegetables available in your home all the time. It includes dried fruits or frozen vegetables. Place them where it’s visible and accessible. A bowl with fruits placed on your kitchen counter or table is an easy reminder to grab something that is quick, nutritious and filling.
If it’s easier for your kids to grab grapes or cherry tomatoes from the fridge, then wash them first and place them in a bowl. Be careful as certain fruits tend to spoil quicker when washed.
For a treat, freeze some seedless grapes or other seasonal fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, honeydew, pineapple, blueberries etc. that can be used for fruit smoothies too.
2. There are a lot of great recipes for using fruits and vegetables in your everyday cooking or baking. Think of zucchini bread, blueberry pancakes, in casseroles, sauces,fruit kebabs, and the likes.
3. Grow a vegetable garden with your kids. When your kids are involved in caring and nurturing a garden they are more likely to eat what they have grown. Carrots, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes are good choices.
4. Make eating fruits and vegetables fun. It takes a bit of creativity to come up with ways to present theses foods to your kids who rather eat unhealthy foods. Go for colors when you make dinner like carrots, broccoli and corn. Mix fruits and vegetables together, for example, in green salads. You can use pear, apple, mandarin orange slices, jicama, dried cranberries, dried cherries, avocado, tomatoes, grapes.
5. Keep it interesting by offering different textures and different ways to eat. Purée vegetables and fruits for use with soups, meats and in baking; diced for fruit salsas, dried for trail mixes or granola bars or simply eating on their own.
Be creative. Find different ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet. Try lettuce wraps made with lean meats or all veggies. Make it fun and be persistent. Take an active role and make sure you’re eating your fruits and vegetables too. You can’t preach to your kids and expect them to eat healthy if you don’t. The will follow your example–good or bad.
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