Thursday, November 17, 2011

Getting Kids to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Children are generally discovered avoiding fruits and vegetables in diet. Fruits and vegetables are essential part of diet for children. Fruits contain vitamins, minerals and all the nutrients in proper amount. Almost all dietician recommends taking at least five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.

Many mothers complain about their children not taking fruits and vegetables. It is a big question how do you get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, especially when they may only want to eat chicken nuggets and junk foods such as French fries and you don’t want to force your child to eat vegetables and fruits. You have not despair at that time, as the following tips can prove valuable if you want to give your children fruit and vegetable diet.

First thing you can do is to take help of kids for making menus of food, in shopping and also in preparation of food. By this your kids get interested more and more in fruits also they will get the nutritional and other values of that fruit. You can also look for children's cookbooks, which have kid-friendly recipes and basic cooking lessons.

You have to try a different vegetable every day and prepare it in different ways. All the vegetables can be served, raw, baked, steamed, grilled, in salad, in juice form, stir-fried and broiled. Try a wide variety and in different ways until you find the vegetables that your child will like and in the style they will like to eat them in.

You can find that food items that your child like and also that can be added with nutritional fruits and vegetables. Children like to play and sometimes mother’s complain that there child has lost so much in games that they even forget to eat. At that time, you can play with fruit and vegetables and also get children to use to handling them. Try to provide realistic fruit and vegetables for them to play with in the home corner, with pots, pans and plates so they can create their own meals or chop up the real things, dip it in paint and experiment with design.

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