How to Get Your Kids (And You) to Eat Their Veggies

As a mother of a toddler, I try to do my best to get her a well-balanced diet that includes a fair share of fruits and vegetables, the keyword being TRY. It’s not always easy to get her to want to eat vegetables and I have to think of ways to improve this. One day when I was visiting a friend, I looked in her fridge to see beautiful clear containers full of all kinds of fruits and vegetables that were all cut up and ready to go. She said this is the easiest way she gets her kids to eat their fruits and vegetables every day. I have started doing this and have had tremendous results. Whenever my daughter is hungry, she knows she can go into the fridge and eat any of those fruits or vegetables as much as she wants and she and I are both happy! :) My go-to fruits and vegetables for this are watermelon, pineapple, grapes, berries, carrots, snap peas, radishes, broccoli, and red bell peppers. Granted, I am definitely the one eating more of the radishes and broccoli, but she is definitely eating more fruits and vegetables, which is good in my book. This has helped my husband and I eat more of these as well. It is wonderful when you are hungry for something sweet to open the fridge and see some fresh fruit all ready to go for you.

I’m sure you have seen plenty of the containers like this is the store:

Well, you can buy that fresh fruit from the store in these containers and then continue to reuse them again and again for your fresh produce.

The way this works best is just to come right home from the grocery store and immediately get to washing and chopping. If you already have a plethora of other fruits and vegetables you might wait to wash the berries because those definitely don’t last as long as the others after they have been washed. But a big container of strawberries in our house goes REALLY quickly so it works out ok for us. Another great thing I love about this is how it really does help me keep tabs on the fresh produce I have purchased. How frustrating is it when you have to throw away yummy raspberries or something because they were buried in the back of a drawer in your fridge and you totally forgot you even had them!

It makes me feel good, especially after reading Alice’s article this week about alkalizing our bodies, to eat all of these different fruits and vegetables and know of all of the vitamins and minerals and nutrients we are getting by eating this variety of foods. I hope you will give this a try and see if you don’t eat way more raw fruits and veggies. Let me know if you have any other great ideas in the comments below :)

    Mary Richardson
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
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