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Sara - posted on 11/25/2008




My 3 year old son loves hummus with pita chips and veggies. I tapped into that love of dipping.

I also give him "appetizers" before dinner when he's hungry but it's not quite ready yet. Usually his appetizer is cucumber, grape tomatoes and baby carrots. For some reason he is more open to eating those veggies as an appetizer rather than with his dinner.

Another suggestion is to try to grow your own veggies. Even if you can't have a big garden, a small pot on a patio could have peas, tomato, carrots, etc.

The samples at the farmer's market are also a big hit.

Kamela - posted on 11/21/2008




lately i have been having my kids help me with a weekly menu. we have a tossed salad with each meal...they love it especially when they build their own salad with grape tomatoes, almonds, grapes, cheese etc.

Also, to steer away from all of the snacks I have been puting cut up fruit, carrots, etc in snack bags in the bottom drawer of the fridge..easy access

AmyBith - posted on 11/21/2008




i do want heather does with sneaking stuff in--that's actually more about my husband!! but one recent meal is nachos. if you choose all the healthy options for chips, meat, etc. it really is a nutritious easy one. i ground some turkey, throw in some onions, celery and carrots. put that in the crockpot with beans and rice and season it, we like hot and spicy. then when you get home you can just layer whatever cheese you like, the mixture, salsa, lettuce. i like to add olives and corn too. you can be creative. as long as you stay away from the fatty things--it's delish and everyone loves it, even my 15 month old.

Heather - posted on 11/20/2008




I hide a lot of veggys in stuff - example, Pizza: I take some peppers, carrots, onion, celery, garlic whatever you have on hand, throw them into a food processor (its the best!) until they are finely chopped then add it to a whole wheat biscuit crust, you may need to add some more flour to make it less sticky. Then add whatever you want on top, and they have no idea whats inside! I do the same with meatloaf, spagetti, tuna cass., allmost anything works. Even the husband doesn't know. It stops the bigger chunks that some kids zero in on. And its super fast and easy!

Jami - posted on 11/20/2008




my 2 year old loves grape tomatoes. He also likes just about any kind of fruit except melon. Right now his favorite fruit is palmagranite (sp?). Yogurt is high on his list as well as apple sauce. However he is not a big meat eater.

Louise - posted on 11/20/2008




When I need my kids to eat something healthy are they just aren't eating, I make what my mom used to call "cold plates." I make a plate with a large selction of healthy things from all food groups and I find with just a little bit of everything it must seem less overwhelming and they almost always eat it al. Crackers, Cheese, Baby Carrots, Slices of Banana, Grapes etc and I only give them about 2-3 of each item.

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