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What about the kids who don’t really like many fruits and vegetables? Its not that they don’t want to eat them they just don’t like them?

Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables can be a struggle! However, our website has many ways to help parents/guardians help their children learn to enjoy fruits and veggies! Remember that it can take up to 15 times of tasting a food before your child will even try a new food. Here are some ideas:
  1.  Add fruits and vegetables to the dishes your child already loves. Adding a small amount of a new fruit or vegetable to the plate of something s/he already enjoys will increase the chances of success.
  2. Introduce your child to fruit juice, which counts towards her/his fruit servings for the day. There are several varieties available that offer both vegetables and fruit in each serving! But limit juice to one or two servings a day because you want to be sure s/he gets the fiber and fullness from whole fruits and veggies.
  3. Take your kids with you on your next trip to the grocery store and have them pick out a fruit or vegetable they 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.
  5. Get your children involved in the growing, preparation or cooking process. This will help them learn about healthy eating and be more excited about fruits and veggies!
The most important thing is to be patient … and set an example! In time, they’ll learn to enjoy more of the nutritious foods that you prepare for them!
Try our kid-friendly recipes that are simple enough for your kids to help too! 
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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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