How to Teach Kids to Eat Cool Colors

Girl with Colorful Bowl of Fruit

Unfortunately, it is all too common for children to eat a diet that contains few, if any, colors. French fries, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and pizza are not colorful in nature; what is more, these foods do not contain the valuable vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables.

The good news is that even children who are not used to eating a balanced diet can learn how to like at least some fruits and vegetables. Following are some tips on helping children develop good eating habits. Explain to children why fruits and vegetables are important, in terms that they can understand. Tell them that fruits and vegetables will make their hair and skin beautiful, protect them from getting sick and give them energy to engage in the activities they enjoy. Show children pictures of lots of different fruits and vegetables or take them to a local farmer's market to see the options.

Take children shopping with you so that they can choose the fruits and vegetables they would like to try. Older children (ages 5+) can even be involved in helping prepare the fruits and vegetables. Another good idea for those who are able to pull it off is to grow a small vegetable garden in the back yard and let the children plant the seeds, tend to the plants and pick the produce. There are few children who will not enjoy eating food that they have helped to cultivate.

Be aware that it will take time to help children develop healthy eating habits and there will always be at least a few fruits and vegetables they will not like. However, kids can learn to enjoy healthy foods if given a chance. Follow the tips outlined above and you will be surprised to find that children do indeed like colorful foods, even if they are not used to eating them regularly at first.


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