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Encouraging Your Child to Eat More Greens

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We know how difficult it can be to get your child to eat vegetables, especially green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, and green beans. However, these vegetables have many great benefits and nutritional value. Many green foods are high in fiber, magnesium, calcium, and folate, which help with bone growth, strength, immune system support, and digestion. Even green fruits such as avocados, kiwis, and honeydew are full of nutritional value. All of these nutritional benefits help support physical development, so it is essential that children fuel their bodies with healthy green foods.

However, children can be picky eaters. Eating broccoli or peas may not sound as appealing to kids as mac and cheese or pizza would. So make eating greens fun! Who says eating healthy has to be boring?

Here are a few fun ways you can subtly incorporate nutritious fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens into your child’s diet.

Our Favorite “Green” Recipes for Kids

Cucumber Sammy

Featured Green: Cucumber

cucumber sammy kids cuisine recipe

Spinach Banana Muffins

Featured green: Spinach

spinach banana muffins kids cuisine recipe

Stoplight Bites

Featured greens: Celery, Green Pepper

stoplight bites kids cuisine recipe

Tropical Smoothie

Featured green: Spinach

tropical smoothie kids cuisine recipe


Featured greens: Cucumber, Green Pepper, Broccoli

easy kabobs kids recipe

Cool Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Featured greens: Cucumber, Broccoli

cool cucumber kids cuisine recipe

Funny Face Bagel

Featured greens: Broccoli, Snap Peas

funny face bagel kids cuisine recipe

Cucumber Canoes

Featured green: Cucumber

cucumber canoes kids cuisine recipe

Holy Moley Guacamole

Featured green: Avocado

holy moley guacamole kids cuisine recipe

Stuffed Pea Pods

Featured green: Snap Peas

stuffed pea pods kids cuisine recipe


Check out our blog for more family-friendly recipes you can enjoy with your child!

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