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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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