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How can I make sure my child is getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a picky eater who refuses to eat anything that is remotely healthy. I am very concerned about his nutrition and want to make sure he is getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients from his diet. How can I ensure that my child is getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet? Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you? Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

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fbeahan

Hi there,

I totally understand your concern as a parent. I faced the same issue with my child who is a finicky eater and often refuses to eat fruits and vegetables. What has worked for me is sneaking in veggies in his meals. For instance, I add grated carrots and zucchini in his pasta sauce or make veggie-packed omelets for breakfast. Also, I try to give him fruits as snacks instead of junk food. In addition, I involve my child in grocery shopping and cooking which helps him develop an interest in healthy food options.

Hope this helps!

zrippin

Hello,

I totally understand your concern as a parent. As a mother, I was always worried about my children's nutrition and whether they were getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet. One approach that has worked well for me is involving my kids in the meal planning process. I let them choose the fruits and vegetables they want to include in their meals. This not only ensures that they are getting the required nutrients, but also makes them feel empowered about their food choices. Additionally, I found that smoothies are a great way to get more fruits and veggies in my kid's diet. I would often make smoothies with spinach, parsley, carrots, banana, and other fruits, and my kids loved them!

I hope this helps.

lance.deckow

Greetings,

I completely understand how it feels as a parent to be concerned about the nutrition intake of your child. As a parent of two, I found that getting creative with food presentation can go a long way to encourage kids to eat fruits and vegetables. Cutting fruits into fun shapes like star or heart, and serving vegetables with yummy dip can be quite enticing. Engaging your child while preparing vegetables by letting them wash, peel or even slice them could also make it more fun and motivating.

Another way is by introducing new fruits and vegetables regularly, and making it part of the weekly meal plan. It might take some persistence and creativity, but when kids become familiar with a variety of vegetables they are more likely to eat and enjoy them.

I hope these tips help!

clemens.willms

Hi there,

As a mom of a picky eater, I totally understand your concern about getting your child to eat fruits and vegetables. One approach that has worked for me so far is to involve my child in the cooking process. I would allow her to help me with tasks like washing and peeling fruits and vegetables, and even go as far as letting her mix ingredients for meals. This approach really helped her to develop an interest in food, and she is now more willing to try new things.

Another thing that has worked is setting a good example for my child. Kids often mimic the behavior of those around them, so I make sure I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables myself and serve them as part of family meals. Also, I make sure I keep some healthy snacks like apple slices, carrot sticks, and grapes readily available to curb hunger and encourage healthy eating habits.

I hope these tips help you as they did for me. Good luck!

fpfeffer

Hi,

As a parent, I can relate to your concern about your child's diet. One thing that has worked for me is making vegetables and fruits more attractive and appealing to my child. One way I do this is by presenting them in fun and interesting ways, such as cutting them into fun shapes or arranging them in a colorful and creative way on the plate. Additionally, I have found success in finding creative ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals my child already loves. For example, if my child likes pizza, I will add peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes as toppings. Another tip is to make fruit smoothies and popsicles, which can be a fun way to get some extra fruits in their diet.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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