But how do you make sure they eat them? To get kids to eat healthy foods when you aren't around, they'll have had to try them under your supervision.
If vegetables are a part of your daily meals, eating vegetables becomes natural. If you snack and eat vegetables as a normal part of your daily life, your kids will to. It's a healthy habit you can give your children that will last a lifetime.
Adults who snacked on veggies as kids tend to do the same thing as adults. You have to accept that if you keep snacks and meals heavy in salt, sugar, and fat close at hand; those choices will always outweigh healthier choices.
While you'll be ahead of the game if your kids start eating vegitables at home before they begin eating on their own at school, its never too late to start introducing more vegetables into your child's diet. Though be aware of precautions to avoid choking on raw veggies by small children.
You can add some protein like peanut butter on celery or cheese with tomatoes. Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of the largest independent publisher in America has her own website that has great ideas for healthy and good food for kids. One of her tips is to pack some dip along with raw vegetables, making them more interesting to eat. Things like spreads, dips; or adding a little sweet or salt to them; or even camouflaging them may be some of the ideas you've already tried.
What's your favorite way to get vegatables into your kids lunchtime meal?