I often speak with parents who are frustrated because they "can't get" their kids to eat vegetables - and sometimes not fruit either. Some parents want to know if I have any tricks, "quick and dirty" techniques, or secrets to share with them about how to get their kids to eat veggies. As parents, we often worry about our kids. Undestandably, much of that worry is directed towards what our kids eat. We want our children to be healthy, to grow to their potential, and to be free from disease and obesity. Unfortunately, we can't fully control any of those desired outcomes - even if our children eat well-balanced meals with organically grown products all the time.
So what are we to do? My best advice for parents who want their children to eat more fruits and vegetables is to: 1) eat fruits and vegetables yourself, 2) serve fruits and vegetables often and prepared in a variety of ways, 3) make recipes that taste good, 4) eat meals together as a family, 5) let children decide for themselves if and how much they will eat, and 6) trust and be patient.
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