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I remember coming into the kitchen when my mom was cooking dinner, starving and begging to know when dinner was ready. My mom would then offer us some raw carrots as she prepared the meal. I loved it because I got something to eat to hold me over, plus I prefer raw carrots to cooked and I got to skip my carrots at dinner time.
With my son I do the same thing. When I am preparing dinner and he gets hungry, I give him raw veggies with salad dressing as dip to eat while he waits.
Another spin I put on this is to feed him his veggies first – he likes broccoli and tomatoes best – when he is having one of his favorite meals like macaroni and cheese or pizza.
This way he gets a large serving of veggies in I don’t have to worry about him telling me he is full after inhaling all the yummy stuff. He gets his vegetables in while he is hungry and then doesn’t fill up with only the less healthy foods.
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