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September 06, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Lisa Suriano, founder of Veggiecation®, knows how to get even the pickiest eaters to try healthy foods. Watch the video above or read the video transcription below to find out how to get your kids to eat healthy today!

Video Transcription

Today we’re going to be talking about ways you can help your kids eat well and make healthy choices.

Do you want your child to be a veggie lover? Research tells us it takes 12 to 15 exposures before a child becomes comfortable enough to start choosing food on their own.

Introduce Veggies Early

Be sure to start introducing veggies and beans early—as early as six months—and continue to repeat exposures. Don’t get discouraged if they seem uninterested at first. Repeat exposures are essential.

Include Kids in Meal Prep

Always make sure to incorporate your child in meal preparations. Give them the opportunity to measure, and as they get older, even to learn to peel and chop. When they have hands-on interaction with produce, they’re much more likely to taste and try new foods.

Emphasize the Benefits of Healthy Eating

Don’t say things like “You must eat your vegetables” or make eating them a chore. Instead, focus on the exciting mind and body benefits we get from eating well. For example, you can mention that eating vegetables increases the brain’s power to think quickly, or that it helps to improve athletic performance. Inspirational messages like these help kids make healthy choices.

Lisa Suriano
About Lisa Suriano
Lisa Suriano is a certified nutritionist who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science and specializes in school food service as the Director of Operations for J.C. Food, a premier school food service consulting company for independent schools. Lisa founded the evidence-based, culinary-nutrition education program Veggiecation®, which introduces thousands of children and families to the delicious world of vegetables. She is thrilled to partner with Healthfirst to help introduce practical and palate-pleasing ideas for incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into the lives of the community! 


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