What You Should Know About Kids and Nutrition: The Basics


If you’re anything like most parents, you probably struggle to get your kids to eat their greens. No matter how many times you try to get them to eat their veggies, they always end up hiding their favorite veggie. But how do you get kids to eat more greens? Get their friends involved! Introducing kids to new foods and experiences can help them overcome their fears, making healthy eating easier than ever. Here are some helpful tips on getting kids to eat more greens.

Show Your Kids What Healthy Eating Looks Like

One of the best ways to get kids to eat more greens is to show them what healthy eating looks like. Show them how to make healthy choices when eating out, at school events, during sports days, and more. This way, they will be more aware of what they are actually eating. Be sure to include an example of your own healthy meal in order to show them what to aim for.

Don’t Just Tell Your Kids to Eat Their Greens

Adding a “eat your greens” reminder to your conversations with your kids may help them remember to include them in their meals, but it may only make them afraid of the food. Instead, try to incorporate your kids into your conversations about the food you are eating. You may be surprised at how willing they may be to try new greens once they know you too are trying them!

Encourage Your Kids to Try New Foods

Another great way to get kids to eat more greens is to encourage their taste for new foods. Try to encourage your kids to try new veggies and greens, and expand their tastes to include things like avocado, broccoli, and asparagus.

Getting your children to eat new veggies, and encouraging them to try new foods, will make them more comfortable with new tastes, and help them to overcome their fears of trying new things. When kids try new foods and like them, they will be more excited for the next time they are able to try new foods and expand their vegetable choices.

Help Your Child Be More Active

Kids who are more active will be more likely to include vegetables in their meals. Try to include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the meals you serve when they are playing sports and other activities. This way, they are sure to get the recommended five to six daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

Bottom Line

Eating healthy, including more vegetables in your kids meals, can be tough. These tips will help get you through it. Make sure to include fruits and vegetables in your kids meals, along with whole grains and healthy fats. Try to encourage and show your kids what healthy eating looks like. You may be surprised at how willing they may be to try new greens once they know you too are trying them!