WIC program encourages kids to grow vegetables
Eat more vegetables - this is a common message during March, National Nutrition Month, and for good reason. The benefits of a vegetable-rich diet are many. Vegetables add bright colors, interesting shapes and varied textures to our meals. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Many of them are critical for growth and development and are especially important for our children.
However, many children are not huge fans of vegetables. We, as parents or caretakers, often agonize over how to get children to eat more - if any - vegetables. Here are some suggestions that may help you to get your young ones to add veggies to their diet:
1. Offer small portions of vegetables. A large share may overwhelm your child.
2. Present choices, and let your child select which vegetable he/she wants.
3. Avoid overcooking the vegetables.
4. Do not force or bribe your child to eat any vegetables - simply continue to offer small amounts.