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Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

If you’ve got a growing child check out this worrisome statistic: A third of North American children are overweight or obese by age nine. This is why it’s so important for a child’s body and soul to fuel up on vegetables. Eating a healthy amount of veggies daily is an effective weapon in the fight against obesity and premature health problems like elevated LDL (lousy) cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, 93% of kids don’t get the daily-recommended amount.

Well, we might learn a trick or two from the French, where the rate of obesity is one of the lowest in the developed world. (France was ranked #128 by WHO; America is #9; Mexico #19 and Canada #35.) Seems when French moms wean children from breast to bottle, they introduce produce to their kids by adding vegetable puree to milk. New North American moms, you may want to make that part of your game plan. But if you’ve missed that window, it’s not too late to increase your kids’ veggie intake.

Step one: Since kids follow by example, make sure to lead by eating your veggies.  Eventually your kids may be curious enough to try them.

Step two: Get kids cooking those green beans and baked apples! They love to taste the results of their hard work.

Step three: If you’re making dinner, sneak pureed veggies into spaghetti sauces, stews and soups – this trick could even fool your older kids!

Medically reviewed in July 2018.

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