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Get kids to love their veggies for the new year

January 1, 2013 (San Diego)--Children eat with their eyes. Young eaters are drawn to items that are fun and colorful. When introducing kids to new veggies, select different vegetables with vibrant colors and cut them into fun, kid-friendly shapes.Dips are fun.

To get kids interested in trying new veggies, give them a healthy, low-calorie dip for their veggies. Use dips like low-fat ranch dressing, yogurt-based dips and tomato sauces.

Grow it together. Children take pride in taking care of items that belong to them.  Plant and nurture a small garden together. During the winter months, an indoor herb garden is ideal.

Model it. Children learn behaviors by imitating adults. Make a commitment to try together new vegetables as a family. If you eat your veggies, so will your kids.Promotion is key. Processed foods and junk foods are so popular because they have the advantage of effective marketing plans and strategies to promote them to children.

At home, promote the health benefits of veggies that are most relevant to kids’ young minds and bodies. Cook it up. Kids will be excited and willing to try something they had a hand in creating. At home, introduce healthy cooking activities, which can help increase veggie consumption.  

Fannie Kim with offers these tips for encouraging kids to eat healthy foods—and enjoy the experiences.


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