February 29, 2012 / Michael M. Siegel, MD
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Few tales are as old as a parent trying to get their kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. What are parents to do when fruit bowls are left untouched and grimaces flare up when steamy, leafy greens hit their plates? Yes, parents are rightfully concerned about these attitudes because half of kids’ diet should consist of fruits and vegetables.
Let this be a reminder for adults, too that those who eat more fruits and veggies reduce their risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and hypertension. Healthy eating needs to start before diseases take hold. To encourage your kids to reap the benefits of fruits and vegetables, here are some methods for consideration.
Try juicing vegetables. Sure, it cannot replace eating them raw, but it is a great start to incorporating a variety of nutrient/vitamin rich veggies. Get your kids excited about experimenting with juice concoctions.
Start a vegetable garden with your kids. If you lack the space, try planting in pots. As they take pride in watching their garden grow, kids get excited about eating it too.
Educate your kids about the benefits of eating fruits and veggies. Say vitamin A in carrots helps our skin glow and improves eyesight, or that vitamin K in spinach promotes stronger bones.
Set a good example. Chances are if you aren’t eating them, they won’t. Here’s a question: what methods have had a positive response from your kids?