How to Get Kids to Eat Something You Want Them to Eat

Tips on how to get even the pickiest of eaters to try (and enjoy!) their veggies.

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Oh boy. Your kid doesn't want to eat his veggies, and his show of displeasure brings The Exorcist to mind. [MUSIC] What do you do now? Super parent is coming to the rescue. First be a role model. [MUSIC] If you won't eat your greens, why should your kid? It's time for you, yes you, to step up to the plate and take on the dreaded brussels sprouts [SOUND]. If your toddler sees you eating and enjoying healthy foods, he'll be more inclined to follow along. [SOUND] Second, go for the raw deal. Boiled veggies are a hard sell, especially when they don't have enough seasoning or flavor. So fill a bowl with a bunch of crispy, colorful veggies and then disguise the goods with hummus, salsa and yogurt based dressings. Finally, let your kid call the shots. If he is involved in choosing or preparing meals, he'll be more interested in eating them. Take him to the store and let him loose in the produce aisle. And don't be surprised when he picks out star fruits and freaky melons. Kids can be very adventurous when they're given the chance. And once you're home, keep your kid working. Make him help you assemble your freaky melon salad. Remember, when it comes to getting your kid to eat something they don't want to eat, it's all about disguise and misdirection. Now go get them.

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