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Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, 4th Edition by Alan L. Rubin, Cait James

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Chapter 22

Ten Strategies for Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Habits

In This Chapter

arrow Growing and preparing vegetables with the child

arrow Selecting the right recipes

arrow Making healthful substitutions

Children don’t hate vegetables any more than they hate ice cream. It is what we teach them that determines their feelings about food. If we show them that we love vegetables and consider them delicious, that’s how they will feel about vegetables. They love to follow our example. The best time to do this is at family meals.

Fruit is no problem. Try taking a bowl of sweet strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries away from a small child! It’s not quite as dangerous as taking a bone from a dog, but close. Most children have a natural love for sweet. There is nothing like a sweet peach or nectarine to excite a child. Just try to get ripe fruit, not the too-early-picked, hard-as-a-rock, tart stuff that passes for fruit in many markets.

There are numerous things you can do to encourage your child to eat vegetables. In this chapter, we provide just ten. We’re sure you can come up with a few others.

One thing we don’t encourage is this idea of concealing the vegetables from the child. The message you ...

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