Whole, plant-based foods play a vital role in every healthy and vibrant life. Since today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, let’s make an effort to incorporate nature’s finest nutrients into our family’s daily routine.

If your son or daughter cringes at the thought of spinach or avoids the dinner salad every night, you’re not alone. However, we know how important vegetables are. As Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. once said, “We should be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.”

So, how can we convince our children to eat these mean, green, immune-system-boosting machines? Here are four tips.

  1. Blend delicious smoothiesFullyRawKristina's Lucky Charm Smoothie
    • Smoothies are super kid-friendly and an awesome way to pack in nutrients! However, many premade smoothies are packed with added sugar and unnecessary ingredients. Instead, load up on kale with this homemade Lucky Charm Smoothie or even broccoli with this High-Fiber Broccoli Smoothie for kids.
  2. Make veggies easily accessible
  3. Introduce salads with avocado
    •  Salads can be difficult for children to enjoy. When first starting out, try cutting mild lettuce like romaine into fine pieces. Then, fully coat the lettuce with mashed, ripe avocado, making the greens easy to chew. Finally, top with veggies like cucumber, cherry tomato and celery.
  4. Set the example
    • The best thing you can do for your child is to start healthy eating habits early and set the example. If veggies are an afterthought in your household, your children aren’t likely to develop a habit of eating them.

We simply can’t get enough veggies into our daily routine. The more we eat, the healthier we are. How great is that? Check out our Facebook discussion on this National Eat Your Vegetables Day and share your favorite tips for helping kids love their veggies!