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Picky Eaters who won’t eat vegetables #kidsinthekitchen

We all know that food is the fuel to keep our bodies moving but for children food is key for developing bodies and minds.  Vegetables are known for their high nutrient count of vitamins and minerals; everything from vitamins A & C and folate to potassium and iron. But what happens when your little one won’t eat their veggies?

Picky Eater Alternatives to Vegetables #kidsinthekitchen
The next healthy step is fruit. Fruit tends to be a favorite with most kids, its sweet and colorful not leafy and green. Here are some alternative choices when your child won’t put a bite of broccoli or kale in their mouth.

Vitamin A helps with cell reproduction, boosts immunity, promotes bone growth and helps maintain healthy skin and hair.
Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Tomato and Mango

Niacin assists in a a properly functioning digestive and nerve system and healthy skin.
Avocado, Peaches, Tomatoes, Bananas

Vitamin C plays an important role as antioxidant, which protect the body’s tissues from damage of oxidation.
Orange, Kiwi, Strawberry, Blackberry

Folate is important for red blood cell production.
Kiwi, Banana, Mango, Orange

Calcium we all know is needed for bone growth and strength.
Orange, Blackberry, Kiwi

Iron deficiency can adversely affect the immune system and result in impaired learning ability and behavioral problems in children.
Raisins, Prunes, Dried Apricots, Watermelon

Magnesium is used for building bones, manufacturing proteins, releasing energy from muscle storage and regulating body temperature.
Watermelon, Tomato, Avocado

Potassium is essential for the body’s water balance and proper heart function.
Banana, Mango, Kiwi

I am NOT a medical professional just a parent that has gone through many picky eating stages with many kids. I by no means expect parents to stop offering nutrient rich vegetables but sometimes we have to wave the white flag and just get food into our precious children’s bellies. 
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