My kids eat vegetables. It’s no lie. They aren’t necessarily always happy about it, but I think they have a pretty good appreciation for them. My two-year-old loves salad, for example. Hates cheese something awful, but he’ll scarf down undressed romaine leaves like they are the last thing left to eat in the house. My four-year-old has claimed broccoli as her favorite food. We have worked long and hard at creating an environment where those things are the norm, teaching them about their food and encouraging them to be involved in the process of eating.
Inspired by his nutritionist wife, former elementary school teacher David Goldbeck wrote the book “The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond: Delicious Alphabet Poems Plus Food, Facts, and Fun for Everyone” to help kids embrace eating produce.
The book is filled with fun and creative crafts and science projects to do with fruit and vegetables, as well as tasty, kid-friendly recipes. It also gives reading suggestions for other books that feature that produce.
If you’re looking for a way to get your toddler engaged in learning about the food you’re putting on his or her plate or if you have a picky eater who refuses to try new foods, this is a great place to start in an fun and enjoyable way.