Planting The Seed For Vegetable Loving
There's no ignoring the importance and necessity of vegetables in everyone's diets. There's also no denying that kids who aren't raised on vegetables become adults who don't eat vegetables. Therefore, the time to cultivate a habit of regular vegetable eating is in childhood. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that children get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. You'd be surprised at how many ways you can get your child to meet his recommended intake. One serving of Earth's Best Sesame Street soup will provide one serving of vegetables in a kid-pleasing way. Offer Earth's Best Tots Juice to get another thirst-quenching organic serving. An Earth's Best Kidz Applesauce Cup is not only a serving of fruit, it's a yummy dessert or snack too.
Here are some other healthy hints on how to make vegetables a regular part of your children's diet:
- The more opportunities you give your baby to try new and different vegetables the better chance he will like at least some of them. Building a taste for a variety of vegetables at an early age means more will be liked and eaten as he enters the pickier years. Earth's Best offers a wide choice of nutritious vegetables to feed your baby.
- When introducing a new vegetable to your baby, keep expectations realistically low. Expect the first taste, on day one, to be spit out, but try again the next day, and the next. More than likely, by the end of the week, baby will be eating several spoonfuls.
- It may be easy to spoon-feed vegetables to your baby, but once they have moved on to table food, what you eat will be one of the biggest influences on what they are willing to eat. Be a good role model---every day at every meal.
- Younger kids are more apt than older kids to try and accept new foods, so as soon as your toddler is ready for table food, make sure that table food includes lots of different kinds of vegetables.
- According to one study, children's food preferences and food-intake patterns may be shaped largely by the foods parents choose to make available to children, and their persistence in presenting a food that initially is rejected. That means, make vegetables available to your kids, regularly. Serve and eat vegetables at every lunch and dinner. Offer them for snacks. And keep doing it, despite any protesting you may face.
- The motto for getting kids to learn to like vegetables is "early and often."
- Many vegetables have a bitter taste, which kids may be genetically programmed to dislike. Because getting vegetables into their diet is important for nutritional reasons, try some tricks to disguise the bitterness. Put vegetables into food they already like, such as shredded carrots into muffins or meatballs. Put liked foods on the vegetables, such as cheese sauce on the broccoli. Offer a yummy food to dip the vegetable into, such as a ranch dressing or peanut sauce.