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Jackie Bonanno How can I get my child to eat more vegetables?

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Jackie Bonanno

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:31 am, Wed Aug 10, 2011.

Q: My four-year-old will not eat vegetables, and I'm scared he's not getting the nutrients he needs. What should I do?

A: Many kids go through a picky eating phase and still grow up to be healthy adults who eat a variety of foods. Your son will likely outgrow it, but in the meantime try some of the following to encourage him to eat more vegetables (without the meal-time battle):

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:27 pm on Sun, Dec 12, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    When I stayed in India for 5 weeks, I found that over 75% of all restaurants served vegetarian food only. In fact, the ones that offered meat tended to advertise it since it was difficult to find. The interesting thing is that the vegetables were such a main stay, that the cooks found ways through seasonings and cooking style to make it very tasty and satisfying. I did not miss the meat there and found myself enjoying vegetables more than I ever did. Maybe if vegetables were the main course, and more creativity was used to make it more satisfying to eat, more children would find it yummy and want more of it…

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 11:44 pm on Thu, Dec 9, 2010.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    I propose that one adopts the lazy plan. I have eaten so much sugar in my life time that I don't crave it as much anymore(although, I cannot live without grape juice and non fat cookies). Vegetables now seem like the calm food when I want something filling.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:05 am on Thu, Dec 9, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    Or, as I did when my kids started doing that, give them the veggies first and if they don't eat it then they don't get the hamburgers or what ever else it is they want for dinner. I know several parents that bend to their kids will when it comes to what they eat. If the kid doesn't want whats for dinner then the parents jump up and make something else. My kids eat their veggies or are hungry (that's hungry, not starving). Now they are use to eating a veggie based meal (salad or veggie blend) at least twice a week. They may not like it but they eat it.



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