Health & Spirit

More Fruits, More Veggies? Sing a Song of Salad Bars

Marilynn Preston on

It's a big photo of a cute kid playing a huge tuba stuffed with grapes, tomatoes and bananas. Get it? Play all day.

Look around the room. Find a good place to set up a CD player so your kid can come in from a busy day at school, lie back and listen to the bold sounds of the "Smart Fruit and Veggies Songs" CD.

If that doesn't strike the right note, try placing some recipe cards around the room so that as soon as they come home, they can start thinking about what they want to prepare in the kitchen.

"Mom!" your kid will call out, going through his pack of 10 kid recipes. "Shall I make the tabbouleh salad tonight or the Norwegian berry pudding?"

I make the joke, but in fact, getting kids in the kitchen and cooking with you is a seriously good way to get them to eat and enjoy more fruits and veggies.

Another great tactic came to me recently from a proud dad of a 9 year old who loves his veggies. I asked Matthew how he did it.


"I used to say, right in front of my son, 'Sebastian won't like broccoli because that's just for older kids,' and he'd say, 'Gimme a chance!'"

Now Sebastian is growing up loving his kale and carrots, and that's that. No big deal. No drama. And no processed food in the house.


"All forms count: fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice." -- PBH, Produce for Better Health

Marilynn Preston is the author of "Energy Express," America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new Amazon best-seller, "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being," is available now on Amazon and elsewhere. Visit Creators Publishing at to learn more. For more on personal well-being, visit

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