Proper nutrition is one of the most important things to ensure your children properly develop and grow up fit and healthy. As your child grows older, he or she may become reluctant to try new foods. Try using the following tips to incorporate veggies into their diet:
- To motivate kids, change the name of vegetables to interesting and familiar names with which they can identify (ex: broccoli are baby trees).
- Involve your child with making dinner. Oftentimes, they will be more apt to trying new foods if they helped prepare it.
- Try and try again. Don’t give up on a vegetable until they’ve tried it five or six times.
- If your child shows a preference to a particular vegetable, offer it frequently.
- Do not introduce new vegetables when your child is too hungry or fussy. Likewise, pick a time when you do not feel rushed.
- Choose from in-season produce for peak flavor, freshness and nutrition.
- Try cooking vegetables different ways or offer uncooked vegetables to see if your child likes them better.
Establishing healthy eating habits early will not only benefit your child now, but will help them maintain healthy eating habits later in life. For more kids-specific health information, visit kids.mountnittany.org.
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