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Plant a garden in the summertime

Let your children choose what vegetables to grow and have them help with planting seeds. They’ll like watching the veggies grow week after week, but they’ll love tasting the super fresh produce even more. If you live in an apartment, find out about community gardens nearby and grow tomatoes and fresh herbs on your balcony.

Play with shapes

Presenting produce in fun ways is sure to grab the attention of your little ones. When making a pizza, create a face with hair (baby corn), eyes (sliced mushrooms), a nose (olive) and a mouth (bell pepper strip).

Have fun with fruit crisps

If you have individual-sized ramekins, ask each family member to create their own fruit crisp recipe. Kids will love being able to choose their own flavour profile. Here are a few tasty ideas: strawberries and raspberries, mango and banana, and apple and rhubarb. Crisps can be made with fresh, frozen or canned fruit so you always have lots of options.

Add a touch of sweetness

Since kids have a bit of a sweet tooth, you can help them make friends with cooked vegetables simply by drizzling a bit of warm honey over carrots, broccoli florets, zucchini slices, string beans and bell pepper strips, for example.

Serve baby veggies

Baby zucchini, baby bok choy, baby squash, baby peppers, baby corn…Miniature vegetables are as much fun to look at as they are to eat, and children love their tiny size. These veggies are quick and easy to use so they’re perfect for dipping and using as a garnish.

Small helpings are better

As a general rule, children accept small helpings of different vegetables more readily than a large serving of just one vegetable. Try serving at least two different vegetables per meal, ideally of different shapes and colours (green, red, orange, sticks, florets, slices or cubes).
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