How to Encourage your Toddler to Eat Fruit and Vegetables

December 02, 2017 06:23 PM

Without a doubt, healthy eating habits start from childhood. An important aspect of healthy eating is balanced portions of both fruits and vegetables.

The recommended daily amount is five portions: three of vegetables and two of fruit.

It can be a challenging task for a mother to make her children eat fruit and vegetables, due to their taste. Here are a few ideas that can help:

  • You can start introducing fruit and veggies from a very early age.
  • Be the role model and make sure your child watches you eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Have your child help when grocery shopping, and engage him when preparing salads or fresh juices.
  • Make the plates as visually pleasing as possible; the eyes sometimes feast before the mouth.
  • Have a mixture of cooked and raw vegetables.
  • You can always trick your child by mashing vegetables and making them a main ingredient in a dish, such as a zucchini cake.
  • Include fruits and vegetables in your child’s lunchbox daily.
  • Play games with your child that will make him understand the importance of fruit and vegetables for health.

 

References:

www.parents.com

www.pbs.org

www.healthychildren.org