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Are you tired of serving your children the same 2 or 3 meals over and over? Has it been weeks since they've eaten a green vegetable? Here are some tips to get your children to try, and like, new foods.

The most important thing to remember when trying to introduce your children to new foods, is not to make a big deal out of it. If you say "here is a great, delicious new vegetable, want to try it?" Their response is likely to be "no".

If you have more then one child, make a contest out of it. For every new food they eat at least 3 bites of, they get a sticker. First kid with 10 stickers gets a prize. If they are too savvy for that approach, try a more low key approach.

For example, "here is some eggplant parmesan, I love it and so does your friend, Jimmy". Or, you may want to try changing the name of a food or its preparation,to something they are more familiar with. Fried zucchini can become "zucchini nuggets", a soy or tofu burger can just be served as a "burger".

Another way to get kids to try new foods is to involve them in the preparation. Have them help you shell peas, or shuck corn.

If you are relaly desperate to get something healthy into your kids diet, there are 3 tried and true tips that have always worked on even the pickiest eater.

- Buy some jars of vegetable baby food and sneak it into anything with a sauce. They'll never know it's in there.

- For every vegetable, offer a dip of some kind. And, slice the veggies really thin, which are easier on a kids taste buds.

- Substitute healthy items in recipes. Applesauce instead of sugar, yogurt instead of sour cream.

Be creative, and remember 2 things...It usually takes a child 4 or 5 tastings before the acquire a taste for something, AND, did you eat all your veggies as a kid? Bet you eat them now!!