Q&A: How can I get my son to eat fruits and vegetables??

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Question by samantha: How can I get my son to eat fruits and vegetables??
My son is 8 years old, and he doesn’t have the best eating habits, which is completely my fault. Our whole family has decided to change our eating habits and have replaced candy and cookies with fruit, fries and macaroni with vegetables, but my 8 year old wants nothing to do with any of it. He insists on eating the junk that he is used to. I went shopping today and bought lots of different fruits, and made him try them, and he didn’t like any of them. (I didn’t buy any junk) How do you change old habits, and what can I do to change this?? Is it a matter of “if he’s hungry, he’ll eat it?”
You guys had really great ideas!! I guess I’m a bit boring when it comes to making new foods….Thanks so much and I will try them all!!!

Best answer:

Answer by libertyvideo
Try adding fruits and vegetables to foods he already likes. Add fruit to jello, make an apple pie…..make vegetable tempura. That’s Japanese fried veggies with a dipping sauce. Yes, it’s fried…but it’s still better than other junk food.

My kids love corn….especially Mex Fiesta Corn…or corn on the cob. Have you tried a juicer? My kids aren’t crazy about carrots, but when I juice them with a few slices of apple thrown in….they love it. Add spinach and raw beets….and you have a health nuts dream.

Here is a health drink made from 19 different fruits that my children and I love to drink. It was shown on the Oprah Winfrey Show…and tested by the University of Florida


Let us know how you made out. :>)

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  1. tami2501@sbcglobal.net says:

    My daughter started that way until she was introduced to carrots and ranch dressing. Kids like to dip. Try out some finger foods. Sliced apples and peanut butter, Carrots or Celery dipped in ranch dressing, etc. Let him experiment. He will find what he likes and have fun at the same time.

  2. Laura E says:

    I have a son with similar taste buds. Although he will eat broccoli. I try different ways to introduce fruit into his diet. I sometimes make smoothies. He thinks he is eating something like a milkshake. I also try making him drink more real juice, like OJ. I also have added fruit salad to dinner.
    Sometimes, I still get frustrated. The other day, my son told me, “not to worry because he would probably like to eat veggies when he becomes an adult.” lol.

  3. Bob O says:

    Yeah it is your fault sorry to say. Just dont change the rules in the middle of the game, which means you will have to taper him off the junk. Have him help you prepare the fruit and veggies, it tastes better if he makes it. Have him help you select the fruit and veggies you are going to buy. They have apple “chips” in the produce section.. might try that. It will be a job changing his thinking but you can do it !

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