Beyond Pasta: Getting Kids to Eat Something Green

Having a hard time getting your little one to eat anything beyond pasta? Welcome to the club. While some kids are adventurous eaters, getting children to try, not to mention regularly include, a wider range of nutrition-rich foods in their diets is a battle faced by many a parent.

Here are two books that might help you stir up your child’s interest in fruits and veggies.

The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond, by Steve Charney and David Goldbeck.
Illustrations by Maria Bugaleta Larson.

Children of all ages will enjoy a stroll through the alphabet with this fun, multilayered book that celebrates a wide variety of produce including our common friend the Apple and the exotic African plum, Xemenia. The book is really two books in one. The first is a picture book with poems about fruits and veggies, going from A-Z. The second part of the book gets meatier (so to speak) with the veggies and fruits by providing tons of facts, maps, photos, riddles and jokes (“Why can’t clumsy farmers ever keep a secret?” You’ll have to read the book for the answer!) that will interest children and adults alike. You can introduce your child to a new fruit or veggie by following one of the many kid-friendly recipes included in the book such as Nectarine Nectar (basically a smoothie.) In addition, this book includes related book, video and online resources for additional exploration.

Winning the Food Fight, by Natalie Rigal.

Written by a research psychologist specializing in kids’ tastes, this book takes a scientific approach to understanding why children tend to prefer certain foods and have a deep aversion to others. Her solution to expanding a child’s willingness to eat a variety of foods lies in our learning to make eating an exploratory pleasure. Teaching children to not just eat, but to look at, smell, explore the consistency of and sounds made by food when they’re eating it can make meals a time of sensory experimentation and discovery. This pleasurable approach to eating is the secret to why “French women don’t get fat,” according to the author (who happens to be a French woman.)

By Terri Hall-Jackson, Care2 Green Living contributing writer


J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

many young children prefer pure flavors so cooking vegetables separate from each other and other foods and fruit separately helps them identify what flavor they don't like (toddlers have more sensitive taste buds still so spicy is often a problem for them).

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

A good post. Thanks.

iii q.
g d c5 years ago

start them young; get them used to the veggies & fruits

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C6 years ago


banti B.
BENTI BULCHA7 years ago

To live in a good health is the basis for life on for every mankind. There are many occastions whereby we, humans, can mentain our health. Under normal circumstances, it is to mention some approaches to be free and fresh. The first thing is have a good dailøy plan of activities in such a way that we can be free from stress and fatigue. Having such plans we can do every activity within our capacity. The other important thing is to have a plan for diet or food types that fulfills not only our needs but also mentain our health condition. In general, more dependence on food surces from green materials and natural products is more healthier. Frequent dependence on fruits, vegetables, and other food items from green materials can be more reasonably healthy.

the third thing to be in a good health condition is to have a regular exercises. To be engaged in certain jobs can be a sort of exercise by itself. But additional trenning programmes can enhance mentaining body and muscular activities and general health. This can be included in our day to day planning and activities schedule.

rosemary weston
rosemary weston7 years ago

i'm trying to become vegan and don't like most veggies unless covered in a nice creamy sauce or hiding in a casserole. i was hoping this article might help me like veggies. oh well...

April Thompson
April Thompson7 years ago

Thanks! I can use the help with my 3 year old son!