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10 Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat More Vegetables

Posted: 06/08/10 07:19 PM ET

I've met a few kids in my time who have never had more vegetables than a carrot stick and, if they had to guess what an artichoke is, would say it's a karate move. But not my kids, of course. They eat their vegetables all the time. At least sometimes. I mean, they all go through phases of pickiness, but when it's all said and done, they eat almost every vegetable there is. What's my secret? Well, I have 10 of them...

What are your tips and tricks for getting kids to eat their vegetables?
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Serve Them Raw
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Seriously, have you ever eaten a raw pea? It's heaven on earth. No need for butter. Kids eat them like candy. I put a plate of raw cut-up veggies on the dinner table every night--yes, carrot sticks, but also sweet red peppers, celery, fresh peas, cauliflower and tomatoes.

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Correction: A previous version of this article referenced eating raw, shelled lima beans. Unfortunately, raw lima beans (and raw butter beans contain, linamarin, a cyanogenic glucoside, which can make someone very ill. Under no circumstances does HuffPost Food endorse the consumption of raw lima beans in any amount.

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