Public Health

Children and Veggies

Does Your Child eat Veggies?

Does your child say "NO!" to vegetables?
Many kids do! Kids say "no" as a part of growing up. They may say "no" even if they like vegetables.
So, what can you do?

What's the parent's job?

  • Serve vegetables every day
  • Serve many different kinds of vegetables
  • Serve vegetables raw and cooked
  • Relax during meals. Forcing or bribing kids to eat isn't fun - for you or your child
  • Treat vegetables just like other foods. Don't make them more important than other foods
  • Eat the foods you want your kids to eat. They will learn by watching you
  • Don't give up

What's your child's job?

  • Your child's job is to decide to eat or not to eat a food
  • your child's job is to decide how much to eat

It's okay if your child decides not to eat a food. Just by serving the food you have done your job.

Try these Ideas

  • Cut foods into bite-size pieces
  • Let your child choose the foods at the store
  • Kids like to help wash, cut and cook the food
  • Add shredded carrots or vegetables to other foods. Try pizza, spaghetti, or burritos
  • Try vegetables with dips or sauces
  • Cut up a bunch of vegetables and keep them in the refrigerator for snacks
  • Make a "salad bar" at home for dinner



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