01/17/2014 02:55 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Tricks To Make Your Kids Eat Healthy, From Ellie Krieger (VIDEO)

When it comes to tricks and tips for making your kids eat healthy, Ellie Krieger, nutritionist and author of Weeknight Wonders had some great advice to share.

"We'll settle for semi-healthy!" she laughed. Ellie believes that the trick to getting kids to eat healthy is all in the presentation of food. She advises never engaging in any battles if your child says he or she specifically does not want to eat a certain type of food. Instead, put the power in their hands by allowing them to choose a special part of the meal, like the vegetable.

Another simple tip: dipping! "Kids love to dip. They love that physical involvement with food," she said. Cut up healthy veggies like carrot sticks or peppers and then make a fun, healthy dip such as guacamole or salsa.

A trick for smaller children: compartmentalize. When her daughter was very young, Ellie used to fill individual parts of an empty ice cube tray with various healthy snacks, like granola or fresh grapes, and let her daughter pick and choose each bite."It becomes a fun palette of colorful, delicious things," Ellie beamed. It can also help to broaden young children's taste buds.

See more of Ellie's delicious tips here

Tips From Ellie Krieger's New Cookbook, "Weeknight Wonders"
Tips From Ellie Krieger's New Cookbook, "Weeknight Wonders"

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