Raising Veggie Munchin' Kids
by Amy Hunt
Go on, give it a try!
Here are some tips for getting your kids to eat at least 2-3 servings of vegetables every day:
• Children tend to like crunch vegetables rather than soft cooked vegetables, so try steaming vegetables or serving them raw (if your child is over age three).
• Try serving the vegetable at the beginning of the meal, when children are the hungriest and are more likely to eat them.
• Let your child pick out a new vegetable to try each time you go to the grocery store.
• Help your children make a salad. Let them pick out the vegetables, wash them and toss them with their favorite low-fat salad dressing (kids are more likely to eat what they prepare themselves).
• Add vegetables to kid favorites like pizza, tacos, macaroni and cheese, and soup.
• Try stir-frying vegetables or adding low-fat cheese to them.
• Grow a vegetable garden with your child.
• Fill celery sticks with cream cheese or peanut butter, and add raisins for a fun snack.
• Serve raw vegetables with your child's favorite low-fat dip for dunking (for children over age three).
• Set a good example for your child and be sure to eat your vegetables!
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