Let fruit and veggies take centre stage in your child’s diet

Parents are often concerned about their kids’ fruit and vegetable intake. As a parent, you are the biggest influencer on your child’s diet. Let vegetables and salads be a normal part of the family’s diet. Here are a few tips on how to increase vegetable and fruit intake.

Biggest presence…

Veggies should be the biggest part of your meal. Start by preparing more vegetables or salad and cooking smaller portions of protein and starch. Ask your child to help with the preparation of meals. The aim is to fill 50% of your plate with salad or vegetables.

Don’t disguise it

Simply introduce new veggies by serving them fresh or steamed along with old favourites. This will allow your child to smell it, feel it and eventually have a bite. Don’t make a fuss when introducing new vegetables and allow your child to get familiar with a new veggie by serving it a few times. It may take a while for your child to get used to the taste and smell of a new vegetable. Be patient!

Let colour be your guide

Whether your child likes stir-fried, steamed, roasted or raw vegetables it should always be colourful. This is normally easy to achieve but sometimes salad lovers tend to limit colours. Add more colour to your salad by adding grated carrot, baby corn, mixed sweet peppers, baby spinach and beetroot.


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