Get Your Fruits and Veggies

Getting your kids to eat their 10 servings of fruits and veggies a day is often a seemingly unconquerable challenge. These tasty veggie side dishes are an important addition to any meal (or great on their own) and kids will actually want to eat them! Fruit makes a super snack and is a healthy and satisfying replacement for dessert.

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Paula Hible

Minty Peas

The natural sweetness of peas is complemented by the subtle flavor of mint in this simple side dish. Choose frozen peas when you shop, as they're generally more flavorful and lower in sodium than canned peas.

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Paula Hible

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Kids will love the creamy texture and sweet red pepper flavor in this quick and easy soup. Both comforting and nutritious, it's a great midday meal when served with some whole-wheat toast for dipping.

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Paula Hible

Crinkly Carrot Fries

Antioxidant- and vitamin A-rich carrots are as fun as they are healthy in this tasty side dish. The veggies won't be left on the plate this time -- we promise!

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Fruit Smoothie

Smoothies are fast, delicious and packed with nutrition when you skip the ice cream and use a combination of yogurt and juice. Feel free to use frozen bagged fruits like berries, mangoes or peaches instead of fresh -- they're just as yummy.

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Alison Miksch

Fruit-and-Cheese Salad

The mere mention of salad for dinner will often send kids running in the other direction, but you'll be surprised at how much they'll go for the luscious combo of pear and cheese in this dish. If your family doesn't like spinach, swap in fresh romaine or spring greens.

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