May 28, 2018

Dr. Gellner: Kids and veggies, kids either love them and we luck out without having to force our kids to eat their veggies, or they hate them and it's a power struggle. For those families in the second group, I'll give you five tips to sneak more veggies into your child's diet. I'm Dr. Cindy Gellner.

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Dr. Gellner: I was one of those kids who hated most veggies. If you told me as a kid that one day I'd crave asparagus or Brussels sprouts, I'd tell you you were hallucinating. While some veggies are an acquired taste, others are easier to be sneaky with.

One of the easiest ways is a smoothie. Most kids love smoothies. Carrot juice is sweet and easy to add to many smoothies. And some kids are even okay with green smoothies where you can blend spinach into them.

Next are sauces. Kids love tomato sauce, and it's a great way to mix in veggies like bell peppers, onions and carrots, or you could do the opposite and put the sauce on the veggies. Many kids are happy to eat their broccoli if it's covered in cheese sauce.

Side dishes are a good way to make some substitutions. Kids love French fries. So introduce them to sweet potato fries. Those are more flavorful too. Cut up some veggies into designs and shapes and that'll make your child's plate more fun.

Also kids love to dip. Set out a plate full of cut-up veggies like carrots, celery, peppers and cucumbers, and a variety of dips and let your kids see which ones they like. Dips can include low-fat ranch dressing, mustards, cheeses, even peanut butter.

Finally, have your kids help grow the veggies they will eat. This will teach them the whole process about how vegetables go from seeds or tiny plants to what is on their plates. They will be so proud that they helped to grow dinner. The bottom line when it comes to getting your child to eat vegetables is be creative.

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