Getting your child to eat more veggies

23 Feb 2018

Getting your child to eat more veggies

Eating veggies doesn’t often make it to the top of a kid’s to-do list. After all, they barely have enough time to cram in school, play and sleep! Nonetheless, eating vegetables is a cornerstone to optimum health. They are excellent sources of fibre, antioxidants and a host of vitamins and minerals to fuel growing and working bodies. Without these nutrients, your children could develop nutritional deficiencies that could contribute to poor performance and long-term health risks. Depending on their age, kids need between 2-5 ½ serves of veggies per day as a minimum to achieve their nutritional requirements. We know that this can be tricky, since kids don’t necessarily pounce for veggie sticks. Nonetheless, it’s important to stay persistent to instill healthy eating habits from an early age and help them reap the long-term health benefits when they grow up.

To help you navigate this often-challenging time, here’s our top tips for getting your children to eat (and enjoy) their veggies:

  • Set an example
  • Share meal times with other children
  • Get them involved
  • Take advantage of snack times
  • Be persistent
  • Serve new foods alongside familiar foods
  • Be cool, calm and collected

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