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“I love this!” Three simple words you want to hear when your child sits down to eat. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it makes all your effort worthwhile – especially when it involves healthy nutrient-rich foods.

You may be wondering, how can you get your fickle eater to love healthy food? The following 7 options are a great place to start:

1. Chia Seeds

Kids have fun sprinkling these tiny seeds on cereal, yogurt, and even salads. Their mild flavour and high crunch factor appeals to kids, and you’ll love that they’re a source of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium.

2. Tofu

Besides being a source of iron, protein, and isoflavonoids, the real appeal of tofu is that you can add it to almost anything without kids knowing. Blend it into smoothies, scramble it into eggs, or add it to soups.

3. Strawberries

Sweet tasting and red – just what kids love! Whether eaten whole, sliced onto cereal, or added to smoothies, kids will get their full daily allowance of vitamin C from just half a cup.

4. Low Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

A creamy supply of calcium, protein, and probiotic bacteria, kids will happily eat this healthy treat for breakfast or dessert. For extra fun, let kids build a parfait by layering yogurt with berries and oats.

5. Legumes

Chickpeas, black beans, and lentils are not only versatile ingredients, but they’re sources of protein, iron, and fibre too. Kids will happily eat them in dips (think hummus), tacos, and baked goods.

6. Yams

When you cut yams into strips, roast them, and call them fries, kids will eat them up. It’s a simple way to boost your child’s intake of vitamins A, C, and B, along with potassium and other micronutrients.

7. Lettuce

Kids love fold-your-own lettuce pockets. Boost their enthusiasm for fresh greens by letting them fill the folded leaves with savoury mixtures of rice, corn, or salmon.