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November 30, 2010

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Nigel Hall

My son generally hates veggies, although he can be forced to eat carrots, but he wants to be a chef! Anyway, my suggestion would be to smother the veggies in a pesto cream sauce. Works, sometimes.

Veruca

I let my 2 year old daughter choose veggie from the farmers market, she loves it and gets so excited she can't wait to eat them! Luckily we have a year round market

Tammy

I puree them and make them into sauces and spreads. I also always never give in and make them something else to eat. I make one meal for everyone and over time they end up trying them and discovering that they love what I make.

Shanna

The thing tast works best is raying MY veggies in front of them!

Catherine

My kids eat veggies and fruits better blended up. Like tonight I'm making a pureed broccoli and carrot soup. I figure after they get used to the taste, we can work on texture later. The magazine sounds great!

Lori Alper aka Groovy Green Livin

I have three young boys that have always been interested in cooking. I had no idea this magazine existed-thank you for sharing. We belong to a CSA and make lots of veggies with every meal. Sometimes they are inhaled and other times not so much. We just try to expose them to as much as possible with the hope that someday they will enjoy them as much as we do.

Vanessa

We involve my kids in the process as much as possible. We talk about the names of the veggies, what vitamins are in them, why they are so important and we let them help in the kitchen as much as possible.

Nancy

This sounds like a healthy and delicious magazine!

archergoddess

Whenever I feel like the kids haven't been eating too healthy, I make smoothies. In the smoothies they will eat anything! I usually add spinach, ground flax seed, tofu, and honey including any fresh fruit I have. I helps me use my produce and know the kids are getting a healthy snack!

Neptunish@yahoo.com

My 6 year old thinks veggies r funny! Peppers cut into flowers is a great trick.

Chriss

I think you have to start early. My one son is not a veggie fan, we talk about eating a balanced diet and veggies are a big part of disease prevention and a healthy lifestyle/body image. I also try preparing veggies in different ways to see what works. Our newest is Roasted Cauliflower with cinnamon and cashews. YUM!!

shannon

wow! this looks like a great magazine! like archergoddess, i stick veggies in smoothies i make for my children. i also just keep serving veggies to them over and over again making them take at least one bite of it. eventually their palate gets used to a new veggie and they eat it. also, when they grow, pick, or cook their own veggies, they seem much more likely to eat it. a good dressing on a salad also gets them to eat veggies. oh...and please don't throw stones at me...i also tempura (japanese deep frying) veggies or stick them in soups and stews. :)

shannon

wow! this looks like a great magazine! like archergoddess, i stick veggies in smoothies i make for my children. i also just keep serving veggies to them over and over again making them take at least one bite of it. eventually their palate gets used to a new veggie and they eat it. also, when they grow, pick, or cook their own veggies, they seem much more likely to eat it. a good dressing on a salad also gets them to eat veggies. oh...and please don't throw stones at me...i also tempura (japanese deep frying) veggies or stick them in soups and stews. :) they also like kale chips and roasted brussel sprouts.

Kristy (of blissmo.com)

Ooh, cutting peppers into flowers (and smoothies) is genius! Baking kale chips is my new favorite way to get some extra greens in. :) Don't have kids, but good to know about the magazine and will forward on! Believe food is at the root of *so many* issues we face and great to see more of an effort/understanding/awareness around changing that. Thank you!

Kristi

I've tried most of the tips I've seen on this subject and not much works for my picky eater. So far, the only thing that has worked is to tell him what animal eats that kind of food and, if he is in the mood to be that animal, he might try it. He only likes to be a rabbit though because it's mostly carrots and some lettuce.

Michelle

When kids can help make the meal, they'll be likely to at least try it. But I admit, I hide the veggies if I can by sneaking purees into sauces, etc. Adds richness and nutrients all in one.

YK

From my experience with my now-a-10-year-old who has grown to be a kind of kid who gobbles up veggies juice and any kinds of fresh veggies/fruits, I think the best way to instill the kids with eating those things is to start early ... and teach them early .. and instill them early why the other types of more readily available foods (junk foods) are not desirable choice. To be more specific, I think having fruits/veggies available to them a few days daily since when they are young, as we keep telling them with their values and importance, and pointing at McDonald's and the other first food joints every time we pass them by on our car why these are not a great place to eat, point to the misleading television commercials and how they often wrap people's minds up in the wrong directions, and to be in communication with children's care-providers and to be vocal about what they feed them, is the best way.

In fact, kids who grew up on fresh veggies are likely to encounter problems when being fed non-veggie diet .. my son had an issue one summer when he started going to a summer program where they fed him lunch but with no veggies. He was 5 year old then and had a serious constipation three days into the camp. he cried on the toilet bowl and cried for hours that night. they eventually came out but it was such a terrifying experience that he never forgets to eat servings of veggies daily since then. To get him going throughout the camp I had to bombard him with more servings of vegetables for breakfast and dinner. After this I had some conversation with the camp director and they started to include some form of veggies/fruits in their snack servings in their other programs .. which I think is a very positive change.

My son would love that magazine so I hope you give it to us! :)

Judy B

Veggies were so much easier to get in my boy when he was on pureed foods. He does like to munch on raw veggies, so that's usually our go-to.

Janet

Kids who visit veggie gardens eat more veggies. Visit a farm!

Put a pot of chive on a windowsill and let kids "garnish" their own plates. It won't be long before they start to request other veggies. I like to think of chive as a "gateway drug" :)

Shylo

I'd love to have this subscription to use with about 25 local students. My husband and I are starting a community garden in our really diverse community and we need all the tools we can to get good, healthy food into our park's afterschool class!

Michelle

I've heard of and tried a lot of the tips already mentioned because I've got one picky eater (and one not-so-picky eater). The one thing that sometimes helps my picky son is if I make the veggies sweeter--roasting veggies releases their natural sweetness, for example, or steaming them and adding a honey/butter sauce. Doesn't always work, mind you, but sometimes it does. :)

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