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I am having a very diffcult time trying to get my child to eat vegetables, when I try to give them to her she acts disgusted. I am very limited in what I can feed her and very desperate. Can you please help!

Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables can be a struggle! Many mothers deal with this same issue! Therefore, we felt it was very important for our website to provide many ways to help parents/guardians help their children learn to enjoy fruits and veggies! The number one thing to remember is to be patient!
As for getting your child to eat more fruits and veggies, here are some ideas:

  1. A child may need to taste a food several times before they learn to like it. Encourage your child to taste a new fruit or vegetable, telling them that maybe their taste buds have “grown” since they last tried it.
  2. Add fruits and vegetables to the dishes your daughter already loves. Adding a small amount of a new fruit or vegetable to the plate of something she already enjoys will increase the chances of success.
  3. Take your daughter with you on your next trip to the grocery store and have him pick out a fruit or vegetable he would like to try.
  4. Prepare vegetables in various ways: try them cooked or raw, plain or with dips, as purees in soups or sauces. Remember spaghetti and pizza sauce all count!
  5. Get your daughter involved in the growing, preparation or cooking process. This will help her learn about healthy eating and be more excited about fruits and veggies!
  6. Set an example! Children learn by what their parents /guardians eat and do. If they see you making healthy choices and that this is the “norm” and what is expected, they will be more inclined to try them too!
  7. Remember that 100% juice counts! Try using a juicer for new and delicious flavors. The total servings of juice every day shouldn’t exceed 1-2 servings, since the juice usually lacks the fiber found in the whole food.
  8. Try making smoothies to increase her fruit and veggie intake. This is a great way to include the “whole food” in a drink (try frozen strawberries/blueberries/mango, bananas, or any other favorite fruit). Visit our recipe database for some delicious combinations.

It can be frustrating, but over time your daughter will learn to enjoy more of the nutritious foods that you prepare for her!

Try our kid-friendly recipes that are simple enough for your daughter to help too! 
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  1. My daughter was asked to try one bite of every vegetable we had – if she did not care of it she went to the refrigerator and got a carrot or a celery stalk (these she liked, but not cooked) so she ate a lot of carrots, but eventually she grew to enjoy other vegetables. Including tomatoes, but had to have sugar on them like a grown-up male relative liked them.

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The Expert: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
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