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5 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Cherry Grove Organic Farm

School starts this week! There are mixed feelings in my house about another year starting - the girls are sad that summer is over, but they're excited to go back to school. One of the perks of summer is being able to indulge in sweet treats and othewise less-healthy options. If you can't stand the heat, eat ice cream. Amiright? Even though we've enjoyed plenty of ice cream at the Community Park Pool, I have also kept a regular routine of cucumbers and peppers as our afternoon snacks. Thankfully, they love their veggies and fruit, but if your kids are not feeling the love, I thought I would share some tips on how to encourage the healthy habit going into a new school year. I asked Megan McKeever, manager of the Princeton Farmers' Market, for her 5 tips for getting kids to eat their veggies. 

  1. Instead of chips or crackers, pair your child's favorite dips with veggies. 
  2. Always have healthy snacks out and available, like apples, bananas, etc. You can also have pre-cut fruit in the refrigerator, stored at the child's eye level so that they see it right away.
  3.  Make a fun activity out of healthy eating- bring your kids to Terhune Orchards and have them pick their own fruits/veggies.
  4. Get them involved in the process- bring them to the farmers' market to pick out produce and have them help you make a meal. 
  5. Add veggies to their favorite meals like in mac & cheese or quesadillas. Another option is to substitute ingredients from some of their favorite meals with healthier options. You can do this with a lot of root vegetables and squash.

What are your favorite healthy tips? Share your ideas and tell us where you love to shop for local food. 

Photo credit: Princeton Farmers' Market on Facebook 

Hilary Morris is the community manager for Princeton Online. Get a peek into her life as a marketer, NJ influencer, girls fashion blogger and mom of 3 girls at @mrsmonj

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