Kids, Fruits & Veggies: 10 Ways to Combine All 3!

Tired of feeling like you're force-feeding your child fruits and vegetables? Here are 10 sure-fire tips to get your family eating and enjoying a produce-packed plate. (12 Photos)

Cricket Azima on Jan 28, 2012 at 2:58PM

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Kids, Fruits & Veggies: 10 Ways to Combine All 3!

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Make Friends with Food

Children are more likely to eat foods they are familiar with, and they're less likely to eat foods that are foreign to them. By seeing, handling, cooking with or tasting a food a few times, children become more comfortable with that particular ingredient.

How to foster this friendship? Involve the child as much as possible! If you're including asparagus in a dish, talk about where it grows, the color and shape, and how it's cooked. Ask your child to assist in the preparation, such as snapping the asparagus ends or cutting with a plastic knife.

Note: It can take 7 to 10 exposures for a child to even try a new food. Be patient and persistent!

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