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I have a no fruit and vegetable eater. have tried dried fruits, fresh fruits; fruit in cereal, yogurt,juices,ice cream, trail mix. she will eat pumpkin soup but not the vegetable in them. what are my other options in getting my 5year old to eat fruits and vegetable.

Getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables can sometimes be a challenge! I have one just like yours and can feel your pain! First and foremost, set a good example. If your child sees that the rest of the family (especially parents) are eating fruits and vegetables, they will be more likely to eat them as well. At this age, children are becoming more independent and one thing they have some control over is food choices. Letting her decide which fruits and vegetables she would like to eat (not if she is going to eat them) is one way to let her have some control. Take your child along on your next trip to the grocery store and ask them to pick out two things they would like to try. Involving your kids in the preparation of fruits and vegetables is another way to get them interested. It could be as simple as chopping something or as complex as trying a new recipe. They will be more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables if they had a hand in their preparation. Also, don’t forget that sometimes it takes 5-10 trials before your child learns to like something… encourage her to continually taste things because her "taste buds have matured" and now she might like them. Since fruits and vegetables have different textures and flavors when they are raw vs cooked, try them different ways. My daughter, for example, will eat onions or carrots when prepared with a roast, but won’t eat either of them raw. And, when she was 5 she would eat canned pears, but not fesh, because she preferred the softer fruit without the peel.   


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