It is sometimes a struggle to get children to eat their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. I know that trying to give your children proper nutrition can be frustrating, but don’t give up! The best advice is to offer your children the healthy options and let them learn for themselves what they like and do not like. In time, they will learn to enjoy more of the nutritious foods that you prepare for them! In the meantime, here are a few ideas:
- Add fruits and vegetables to the dishes they already love.
- Fruit juice counts towards his fruit servings for the day. There are several varieties available that offer both vegetables and fruit in each serving of their juice! (Just don’t rely solely on juice for all of his fruits/vegetables.)
- How about beans? You can mash chickpeas and make hummus and then spread this on toast. This is not only a great source of protein, but counts as a vegetable too!
- Sometimes it takes multiple “tastes” before a child learns to like new foods, so tell him that he needs to at least taste the food and that perhaps their taste buds just “aren’t old enough” to like them yet… explain that taste buds do mature with age.
- Sometimes cooked veggies are stronger in flavor than those that are raw (they often taste different raw vs cooked anyway), so consider having them try them raw first.
- Get your children involved in the preparation and cooking process. This will help them learn about healthy eating and be more excited about eating fruits and vegetables.
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- And while it sounds like you’re doing many of these things, just keep doing them… it will eventually “catch on.” Setting a good example and having it available, especially when they are hungry, and you’d be surprised what gets eaten! See about giving rewards too!