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June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day! 

Eating a well balanced diet – including vegetables of all shapes and sizes – can help keep children healthy. 

Did you ever wonder…

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Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies

Try these tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help get your kids (and you!) to eat more veggies.

    • Set a good example for children by eating vegetables with meals and as snacks.
    • Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into salads.
    • Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up vegetables.
    • Allow children to pick a new vegetable to try while shopping.
    • Use cut-up vegetables as part of afternoon snacks.
    • Children often prefer foods served separately. So, rather than mixed vegetables try serving two vegetables separately.

For more ideas, see Vegetables | MyPlate on the ChooseMyPlate.gov website.

Take a look at the children’s book recommendations about eating your veggies! Print the list and take it to your local library. Your librarian can help you find the books on the list. As you read the books with your child, you child can circle or cross each book as it’s read!

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