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How can I encourage my child to try new fruits and vegetables?

Q:  How can I encourage my child to try new fruits and vegetables?

A: Encouraging your child to eat more fruits and vegetables can be a challenge.  One way to ease into the process is for you to be a healthy role model for your children. If they see you eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, they will soon follow suit.  Here are a few other suggestions for adding fruits and vegetables to your child’s diet:

  • Invite your kids to cook with you.  Involving kids in the preparation and cooking for new fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to make them comfortable around new foods. It also instills a sense of accomplishment.
  • Get your kids involved in growing, harvesting, and selecting fruits & veggies at the supermarket.
  • Check out our kids’ website for fun games that educate children about healthy eating and fruits and vegetables.
  • Pack more fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet.  Pack Assorted Colors for Kids (P.A.C.K.)is an educational program that encourages kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.
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