Operation “Pile on the Veggies” at SUBWAY (giveaway ends 7/14/14)


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As a parent it’s important that our children eat well balanced, healthy meals. Getting children to eat fruits is usually pretty easy. Most kids enjoy the sweet taste. Getting children to eat vegetables is not so easy. For some reason children simply do not like vegetables. I don’t know why. Veggies are so good.

When my children were little I started them with vegetables as soon as it was OK with the pediatrician. I had them eating broccoli, spinach and other vegetables children won’t even make the attempt to try. I am grateful that I did that because now as teenagers my kids love vegetables and will eat any veggie I put in front of them including the dreaded three – broccoli, spinach and lima beans.

My kids actually prefer their vegetables raw. If I can’t serve them raw then they only want them steamed. They like them plain too with no butter, herbs or seasoning. Baby carrots are one of their favorite snack foods too.

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You can try and trick your children into eating vegetables, but that doesn’t always work. Instead show them how vegetables can help enhance a meal and make things taste better.

Take for example SUBWAY. As you know SUBWAY offers patrons a variety of vegetables that they can add to their sandwich including cucumbers, olives, pickles, lettuce, peppers, spinach and tomatoes.

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My daughter’s sandwich was piled so high with veggies that some of them fell out when she was eating it.

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My son enjoyed a sandwich stuffed with veggies too.

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Mmm… makes me wish I had a SUBWAY sandwich right now.

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I think this is more of a veggie sandwich with a little bit of meat then the other way around. Ha Ha.

The whole SUBWAY experience is fun for kids. It puts them in charge of their meals and it gives them the opportunity to decide what they want and don’t want. This is the perfect time to encourage your child to “Pile on the Veggies” to add more favor to their sandwich. They don’t have to pile on every veggie available, but you can encourage your child to start small and work their way up. The next time you visit a SUBWAY restaurant encourage your child to add some cucumbers and peppers to their sandwich. Tell them about how much more flavorful and fulling their sandwich will be when they Pile on the Veggies. If that works then next time have them try two different veggies, like pickles and olives. Eventually when they have made their way through all the available vegetables have them try a sandwich that is piled with all of the veggies.

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One of our sandwiches being made at SUBWAY. Notice all the fresh veggies.

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Mmm… we must have cucumbers and green peppers on our sandwiches. I don’t like olives but the rest of my family does.

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So many pepper options – hot peppers, banana peppers, sweet peppers…

Adding the vegetables to the SUBWAY sandwich is a great way to get more vegetables into your child’s daily diet. You could easily get a serving of vegetables, or more, by Piling on the Veggies on your SUBWAY sandwich.

SUBWAY offers a Fresh Fit menu that features tasty, heart-healthy choices for all ages. SUBWAY offers kids their own menu include the Fit Mini Sub (which can be piled high with fresh veggies such as cucumbers and spinach), apple slices, and low-fat milk. As an adult I enjoy getting the apple slices with my meal too (even thought SUBWAY has delicious cookies available).

SUBWAY knows that getting your kids to eat their vegetables is tough. To encourage little ones to eat their vegetables SUBWAY is offering a “magical” experience, inspired by one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters – Disney’s Maleficent.   The ‘Operation: #PileOnTheVeggies’ experience will include magical elements sure to excite your kids and help them realize the powers that veggies can provide!


When you order a kids meal at SUBWAY you’ll receive a movie inspired backpack. Your child can use it to tote around their supplies for camp or hold on to it for when school starts. There are four backpack designs available. You can collect them all.

To find a SUBWAY location near you visit www.SUBWAY.com. For more about SUBWAY Fresh Fit Kid’s Meals and the Maleficent promotion visit www.SUBWAYKids.com. The SUBWAY Kids site also offers parents tips on helping your children eat healthy, fitness tips and more. The site is worth checking out.

Subway promotion

SUBWAY would like you to try “Operation Pile on the Veggies” with your child. They are giving a lucky read to following;

  • $25 SUBWAY gift card
  • $50 Fandango gift card to go see Maleficent (or another movie if you’ve already seen it). 

Thank you SUBWAY!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me how you encourage your child/grandchild to “Pile on the Veggies” and/or how you encourage healthy eating with your family.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I have partnered to with SUBWAY to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. June S. says:

    My kids always ate veggies when they were younger, I use to put some melted cheese on theirs.

  2. Samantha L says:

    We have veggies at every meal! Love Subway for all its choices, extra spinach!

  3. Maureen says:

    We have fruit for dessert. I also make zucchini bread and I double the amount of zucchini and take out some sugar and they never know.

  4. My child likes smoothies made with fresh fruits, veggies and berries

  5. Maralea says:

    I always have a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. That way when the grandkids come over and want a snack, they can just grab something. They have always loved apples and grapes.

  6. Margaret Smith says:

    We set out snacks of celery & carrots that my kids love than eating unhealthy snacks. Also, I like to make meals like stew and pot roast where the veggies are part of the meal.

  7. we will make faces and shapes with veggies

  8. Cassie W. says:

    I’m the first to admit that I lack on the veggie intake, I’ve just never had a taste for most of them. But I do make a point to start my kids out young on there veggies. And I try really hard not to show the kiddos my distaste.

  9. I’ve always loved vegetables, never had a problem.

  10. Ellen B says:

    Making our sandwiches – have all kinds of veggies and they pick at least two

  11. Alona Y says:

    With my daughter I have lucked out in that she has always liked most veggies, it might be because I made her baby food at home or she just is that way! Typically if she doesn’t like something I’ll serve it over and over and eventually she does. We try to eat as healthy as we feed her, but it’s a bit harder to break lifelong habits and cravings for the bad stuff!

  12. Adrienne gordon says:

    we mix veggies in their pasta sauce

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  14. Kelly D says:

    I have my kids shop with me so they can help choose their favorite fruits and veggies. I serve them on the side of our meal with a dip or incorporate them into our meals.

  15. saminder gumer says:

    i encourage the kids to eat more veggies by having a few days during the week where we have a non meat dinner. it includes more veggies and we let the kids pick the ones they want.

  16. Whenever we have sandwiches, at least ONE veggie has to go on it. That’s the deal.

  17. Serena Powell says:

    I try to make sure every meal my family eats has at least 2 veggies in it.

  18. Mary Happymommy says:

    We have fruit for snacks and our side items include veggies.

  19. Robin Wilson says:

    I encouraged my son by example. We always kept fresh fruits and veggies in the house and I did my best to have them at every meal and in his lunch. I do the same thing with my niece.

  20. heather s says:

    We all put at least one veggie on it.

  21. Jessie C. says:

    We encourage them to eat healthy by teaching them to grow our own veggies. It doubles the fun while kids learn from gardening.

  22. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Family Planted A Veggie Garden To Encourage Each Other To Make Healthy Choices. I Also Make Fun Shapes To Encourage The Kids That Healthy Eating Is Fun.

  23. Danielle D says:

    We love veggies its all we eat even in the sandwiches.

  24. Wanda McHenry says:

    We don’t have kids, but I have converted my husband over the years to eat more veggies and fruits during the day and less meat/junk. He now takes yogurt, fruit and healthy drinks with him for lunch (pat myself on the back, yes!)

  25. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I encourage them by trying to make it fun not forcing. I let them choose 2 veggies each when we go grocery shopping and let them help in the kitchen, they are much more likely to actually want to eat them that way!

  26. Learning the hard way just putting a bowl of veggies on the table won’t do any good. If you already place them in the plates with serving size, they’ll eat healthy without even knowing it.

  27. MelodyJ says:

    I prepare veggies or fruit with every meal.

  28. Letting the kids help prepare the food seems to help them eat healthier.

  29. Janet W. says:

    We encourage healthy eating by setting a good example for my grandsons. We have at least one veggie every night for dinner, and we don’t buy junk foods for snacks.

  30. Kim Henrichs says:

    In the summer it’s through our garden. Helping to grow the veggies and see them come to life and taste the fruits of hard work – it’s such a treat!

  31. Tammy S says:

    We always try to make sure we have one fruit and one veggie at every meal.

  32. Barbara Montag says:

    I encouage healthy eating by setting a good example.
    Try to eat clean most of the time.
    thank you

  33. Amy Pratt says:

    I encourage eating veggies by making sure we grow a lot of them ourselves.

  34. patricia says:

    I encourage healthy eating by making healthy food choices in front of my son. He is more likely to eat something if he sees me enjoying it. When we go to the grocery store or a restaurant, I talk to him about the food we see and explain how different foods affect our bodies. I avoid having junk food in the house and always offer fruits and veggies when he is hungry.

  35. Terry Maigi says:

    I try to be a good example when it comes to eating habits! She is much more likely to try something when she sees us eating it too!

  36. Cindy Merrill says:

    My grand sons love “Shrek”, so it wasn’t hard to introduce them to the green veggies, I simply created creepy names such as Slime mildew ( Avocado dip) and Swamp snot flowers ( Broccoli), kids love it, but my daughter in law didn’t seem as thrilled.

  37. They are required to eat veggies at every meal!

  38. tammy shelton says:

    Add a little magical cheese and veggies are transformed. My Grands love their veggies now.

  39. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My 4 year old LOVES eating everything including veggies. I encouraged her at a young age to eat veggies and I didn’t feed her any garbage.

  40. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames) says:

    My kids have always been pretty good at including veggies in their meals. I think it has to do with the fact that they were exposed to as many as we could find when they were little and allowed to develop a taste for a variety of them.

  41. Plain and simple…no delicious subway cookie if you don’t eat the veggies on your sub! It’s usually no problem, though! Veggies are already delicious, but somehow they’re always so much better on a sub!

  42. Katie Amanda says:

    I always make sure that healthy snacks are available in the house.

  43. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    My kids love veggies-I’ve always given them veggies for snacks-they think it’s normal!

  44. Ellie W says:

    I keep baggies of cut up veggies and fruits in the fridge for my boys to grab for easy snacking.

  45. Cynthia R says:

    Their snacks and meals consist of a lot of veggies or fruit, we limit sugarly snacks a lot. They like crunchy veggies and sweet fruits so I am lucky.

  46. Sharon Rooney says:

    I have encouraged healthy eating since they were little. At dinner time we always have two vegetables or a tossed salad. There is always fruit in the fridge for snacks.

  47. Deb Jackson says:

    We encourage the veggies by raising our own and letting the kids help.

  48. Candice says:

    We eat a lot of veggies, and try to combine it with exercise to stay active.

  49. April Brenay says:

    we make our kids subs, we add everything and they have just learned thats how a sub is!

  50. D Schmidt says:

    I encourage them by explaining the health benefits and discussing all the fun activities they can do if they consume all their fruits and vegetables!

  51. promising a reward never hurts

  52. Debra Hall says:

    my grandson loves veggies so it is easy to get him to eat

  53. Monique Rizzo says:

    I started them young so now it is the norm! They put veggies on everything.

  54. Kelly Tupick says:

    My daughter has always eaten her veggies. I encourage her by making it a game as to who can ear all of the veggies on the plate. She always won!

  55. Terri Egelund says:

    I sneak vegetables in anything I can. Sauces, meats, salads.

  56. I dont keep much junk food around so when the kids are hungry they have a variety of healthy snacks like veggies, cheese sticks, etc. It really makes a difference in their health and they sleep better and we all have more energy

  57. Heather Turner says:

    I have to diced up veggies and hide them in the food for my two older children. My youngest will eat any veggie!

  58. Brandi Brady says:

    We have veggies at every meal and and fruit for snacks during the day.

  59. Erika W. says:

    I am pretty lucky that my kids love veggies. Both of my kids always wants avocado and tomato on their sandwiches. We absolutely encourage healthy eating (with the occasional ice cream).

  60. Nicole Dz says:

    We tell them there bodies need the right energy and nutrition and veggies are good for you and give you the best so that they can be the best in there sports.

  61. shelly peterson says:

    I usually mix veggies in things when cooking. But eating subs or having a veggie tray works in getting there veggies in.

  62. I make smoothies with different types of fruit.

  63. brandy c says:

    We also keep fresh fruit out in the open. If it’s there, people will eat it!

  64. Shilo Beedy says:

    I have my kids help choose fruits and veggies when shopping. I also fruit that they can just grab and snack on when they want it. We like to make parfaits with strawberries and blueberries in them.

  65. I mut confess I don’t eat very healthy……….but, I am here to tell you I love Subway’s Honey Oat Bread (Subway club sandiwich)

  66. it’s not a battle in our family as my son loves fresh veggies of all kinds.

  67. Crystal F says:

    It’s hard with my youngest but my oldest is finally starting to eat a good bit of veggies. I’m hoping that my youngest will do the same. Thank you!

  68. I often cut up a variety of veggies and serve them with dip to encourage the family to eat more.

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  69. We have veggies with our meals and the kids are encouraged to try new veggies all the time.

  70. Jessica says:

    I pile veggie on my sons plate and tell home that he will grow big like daddy if he eats them .

  71. Melissa Sly says:

    I keep the veggies sliced and ready to eat and the fruit clean and in containers for easy quick snacks. We also do peanut butter and cream cheese on celery.

  72. Andrea Williams says:

    We love Subway just for the reason that everyone can choose their favorite veggies. I try to experiment with new dishes and get my kids to at least try new things.

  73. I always try to add fresh fruits and veggies into all our meals.

  74. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I encourage healthy eating by saying who eats the best gets to pick the family activity.

  75. Heather E says:

    We are a family that loves fruits and veggies. We always have a wide variety for snacks and meals.

  76. Don chmiel says:

    I’m lucky. Both my boys love broccoli from when they could chew their food. My 9 yr old loves onions on his sandwich. Good for ya but don’t get too close to talk to me 🙂

  77. First we ate a variety of healthy food. And then both parents ate healthy. I did find they loved all kind of veggies when we put them on the grill.

  78. Michele Behlen says:

    When my kids were little we always had a garden. They helped in the garden and were always willing to try the vegetables that we grew.

  79. I’ve always loved vegetables, never had a problem.

  80. Jennifer Reed says:

    I encourage my child to “Pile on the Veggies” and healthy eating within the family by only providing healthy vegetable loaded options out the house. I also choose restaurants when needed that give healthier options and make my child choose between those.

  81. soha molina says:

    I encourage he by making salads she likes.

  82. Danielle Lima says:

    Whenever we eat pizza, we make sure it is loaded with Veggies. My daughter’s favorite pizza is chicken, feta and extra spinach.

  83. I am always scouring pinterest for new recipes to tempt the grandbabies and finding new fun ways to use fruits and veggies.

  84. Natalie says:

    I make veggies appealing by pairing them with healthy dipping sauces and choosing brightly colored veggies.

  85. jules m. says:

    my daughter doesnt like veggies- but i try to encourage her to try a different one every day- i keep hoping she will find one she likes!

  86. We lead by example and eat a lot ourselves. also, we don’t try to force it. We do the opposite and they seem to want veggies if they think it’s special and not forced

  87. Theresa Clift says:

    Simply make them available, had a very wise person tell me when my daughter was a baby, give her vegetables before fruit in baby food so that she develops a love for vegetables before a love for sweets, It worked when she would old enough to open the fridge she would reach in and grab a raw carrot and eat it. I had to wash and clean carrots when I brought them home from the grocery so that she wouldn’t be eating dirty carrots.

  88. Lasonda says:

    I started feeding them veggies when they were young, so they are used to eating them.

  89. Cynthia C says:

    I make healthy dips like hummus or Greek yogurt and watch the veggies disappear.

  90. paige chandler says:

    We put lots of veggies on pizza and mac and cheese and the kids scarf it.

  91. Xty Cruz says:

    We make a good example by eating veggies as well.

  92. we the parents set the example by making healthy meal choices and encourage our kids to try something new at least one time before turning their nose up at it

  93. We grow veggies in the garden and I have them pick them and help me with salads!

  94. Melissa Hartley says:

    My grown sons all love veggies but especially green beans, broccoli, & corn .. & add carrots for my oldest Eric 🙂 I don’t really have to encourage them to eat healthy veggies, they just do 🙂 Oh, & they also all LOVE salad..thanks.

  95. janna johnson says:

    Teaching them to make their own creative veggie dishes.

  96. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    In the beginning I had to get the kids to snack on carrots with the bribe of ranch to dip it in. Over time they use less and less of the ranch and eat more carrots.

  97. kyl neusch says:

    likes smoothies made with fresh fruits

  98. My daughter is a vegetarian. She loves her vegetables.

  99. je burns says:

    I’ve always had lots of veggies in out meals and cooked up in different ways.Having everyone involved, making suggestions and coming up with ways they like to eat them has really helped.

  100. Anastasia says:

    I just add veggies to whatever we’re having, mixed in with the other food 🙂 Or, if veggies are on the side, I ask that the kids at least TRY some of it and, if they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat it all. Sometimes, they DO like it, so it’s not always hard to talk them into piling on more 🙂

  101. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! Luckily, my son and daughter in-law really like vegetables so my grandson has them with pretty much all of his meals. Now, me, I don’t like them that much but I do eat some. For my grandson, we eat cucumbers with ranch dressing and carrots. Sometimes I’ll make him a small salad with veggies, strawberries, and crazins. They’re really good! Thank-you!!

  102. danielle Marie says:

    my nephew loves eating green things because everyone else thinks green is gross. reverse psychology?

  103. Jennifer B says:

    I encourage her by letting her try a large variety and picking out different ones to try, she likes feeling like she makes the choice.

  104. Tara Liebing says:

    I have my family try a variety of vegetables so they can find a variety of veggies to eat instead of just liking 1 or 2 vegetables. I make a lot of stir frys with lots of veggies.

  105. Susan Ladd says:

    By letting my grandchildren knowing how good the veggies are. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and Happy 4th of July 🙂

  106. brittany says:

    I always tell my kids veggies help you grow, funny thing is my son is almost 3 and that’s all he wants to eat. He wont even eat cookies, cake or ice cream.

  107. Susan Christy says:

    We have salad at every meal and luckily we have no picky eaters. Most prefer veggies over anything else, so there lots of healthy eating going on in my family.

  108. Katherine says:

    wetalk about the different colors and how pretty they are

  109. Alana Vester says:

    I encouraged my kids to eat veggies when they were little and they still eat, and love, them today!

  110. Thuy Vu says:

    I usually try to serve them their favorite veggies.

  111. Stephanie Gossett says:

    I have made all of their food with veggies since my daughters were small. I remind them of how much better we all feel when we eat healthy! We love Subway! Thank you for the chance to win!!!

  112. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I let them pick the ones they want and then I say, but look how good that spinach would go with the cheese. I do it by colors going together.

  113. Star Baldi says:

    We started out with veggies only at first when my son first started eating. Now he is a lover of his veggies still! We have a backyard garden that he will hopefully grow up loving getting veggies straight from our backyard!

  114. Betty B. says:

    By letting them choose their own veggies, growing them and making fun shapes with them!

  115. Eileen Richter says:

    I have two teens with a voracious appetites, plus a lil grand daughter who visits often. They ALL have sweet tooths and dont really consider what is going into their bodies. I have had a lot of conversations with my teen about this, as has her doctor. Subway is in our town and is a great option vs “fast food”. I feel good about going there and loading up the whole family with lots of toppings…and low mayo or NO mayo. Now, it’s 3/4 veggies and 1/4 meat and cheese.!

  116. Iliana R says:

    I encouage everyone by having vegtables as the main dish. Then I add side dishes of things that aren’t as healthy!

  117. Kristi C says:

    I keep cut up fruit and veggies in the fridge for snacks.

  118. april yedinak says:

    I encourage healthy eating by including 2-3 veggies at lunch and dinner and by keeping a bowl of fruit on the table at all times.

  119. They are not picky eaters and enjoy healthy foods, actually.

  120. Dorothy Teel says:

    My granddaughters have started growing some vegetables and they love them fresh and because they grew them, they claim they taste better… LOL, also I have been known to grate up veggies and put it in meatloafs, spaghetti and sloppy joes and the kids eat them and don’t complain, and even go back for seconds

  121. joshua holmes says:

    WE call the veggies plants lol

  122. Ciara B. says:

    We have fruit and or veggies for every meal. It’s not hard because we all love them!

  123. Each meal has to have at least one veggie. She has to eat it before she gets an after dinner treat.

  124. Deborah Rosen says:

    I encourage my grandson to pile on the veggies by letting him “help” me in the vegetable garden. The more he understands how HE helps them grow, the more he wants to eat them.

  125. jeanette sheets says:

    i always pack veggies and fruit in their school lunches . i try to incorporste at least one veggis with every meal ,and we discuss how important it is to eat lots of veggies ,my entire family loves vegetables so i have no problem getting them to eat right

  126. Pierre Mosbey says:

    My son is your typical boy, so I just tell him the more veggies he eats, the stronger he gets. The stronger he gets, the closer he’ll become to turning into a Transformer lol and bam! He gladly eats veggies everyday.

  127. Virginia Rowell says:

    I make a new veggie dish every week and everybody has to try a bite.

  128. Elizabeth Owens says:

    I tried to tell them that to live a healthy life and be strong, they have to eat veggies. They are both fairly good about their veggies!

  129. Whitney L says:

    I let them pick what they want by ask this or that and they actually get very adventures with the veggies!

  130. I have always liked vegetables, so healthy.

  131. Sharold says:

    Let them kids help prepare meals and that encourages them to eat more.

  132. christine jessamine says:

    I encourage healthy eating by mostly buying produce instead of unhealthy snacks

  133. Terri S says:

    We eat a lot of veggies with dinner and for snacks.

  134. We grow veggies in our garden, so my kids will usually taste at least one or two.

  135. Holly Kennedy says:

    We eat Subway at least once a week and I try to buy healthy snacks.

  136. Sarah L says:

    I like salads and veggies so I have no problem “piling them on”
    Thanks for the contest.

  137. saralynns2 says:

    Trying to book balanced meals each night helps our family to eat healthy.

  138. Ashley C says:

    We’re constantly trying new veggies so that my kids are exposed to a big variety and then they can decide which ones they like


  139. I try to incorporate veggies into most every meal. We put veggies on sandwiches, mix them into pasta meals and eat salads.

  140. Margaret J says:

    My strategy has always been to serve a wide array of veggies, and if they want seconds of something else, tell them they can have more as soon as they finish their veggies. I used to have a day care business, and then ran a preschool play group, and we would talk about eating what your body needs before eating what your head wants (like sweets and other treats.) With kids who didn’t like many vegetables, I would suggest that they eat the veggies first so they could end their meal or snack with the taste of something they really enjoyed. Thank you for the giveaway!

  141. Allison Downes says:

    We have no problem eating veggies! We love them. Very healthy 🙂

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  142. We always make sure to have at least two servings of vegetables with lunch and two more at dinner!

  143. Lorena Keech says:

    We always had veggies at our evening meal and we didn’t make a fuss about it. If the kids were hungry enough, they’d eat them.

  144. Lauren Becker says:

    we try to eat healthy as a family by substituting healthier ingredients.

  145. Wendy Hark says:

    I encourage my grandchild to try all sorts of vegetables so he has a balanced diet. He just has to try one bite to see if he likes it and this has helped him to enjoy a variety of vegetables. I did this when my son was small and he loves a wide variety of foods and has always been willing to try new foods as an adult.

  146. Stacy Boland says:

    I make sure that their meals have a vegetable of some sort. I also cook vegetables into a lot of the foods so they become part of the meal.

  147. Tabathia B says:

    I try to make eating veggies a fun and creative for my daughter. I add dips or sauces to make it more tasty and appealing.

  148. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I try to offer a fruit or veggie with every meal and as snacks. I also add veggies to bulk up meals when I can.

  149. Karen Martin says:

    We always have choices for vegetables and encourage our grandchildren to try something and always offer seconds on the veggies. Thanks.

  150. amy deeter says:

    i let them know how good it is for them and what each veggie does for your body

  151. My kids are pretty good about eating their vegetables. They especially love to have them raw with some type of dip.

  152. Sarah Jestings says:

    I have been very lucky both my children love veggies so I don’t really have to encourage them anymore but I made sure that they were introduced to many veggies very young.

  153. Denise S says:

    I keep a lot of fruit and veggies around and they’re allowed to eat them at any time.

  154. derya w. says:

    we have veggies with most meals. if it’s a new veggie I have the kids at least try it before they say ‘I don’t like it’. many times they have ended up liking them and willingly eating them!

  155. Kristen says:

    Offer a lot of good choices and set a good example by eating them yourself.

  156. kelley wood says:

    im fortunate that my kids love veggies. they have always eaten them since they ‘ve been little. They prefer them actually and love the energy they provide.

  157. Chavonne H says:

    I encourage by adding veggies in a tasty way to sandwiches by covering them in different sauces and mixing them in casseroles.

  158. Meaghan F. says:

    I just try to find new recipes that make the veggies taste different in order to get others to try it.

  159. Amanda Leigh says:

    I encourage healthy eating with the family by picking out vegetables that everyone likes to eat with meals.

  160. Subway has a great selection.of sandwiches and piles of vegetables always get veggies with my sub….

  161. hannah h says:

    I rarely meat and always include seeds high in omega 3s in my diet!

  162. Most of what I make is homemade so they eat what they see mama eating.

  163. Jeffrey says:

    I make sure to have vegetables that they eat available at the dinner table most nights and also pack them in their school lunches.

  164. I let them pick out a veggie to try at the store and let them help cook it.

  165. Jannie Bryant says:

    I try to have cut up vegetables and fruit ready to eat all the time.

  166. Kristy Thiel says:

    We constantly talk about how veggies will make you big and strong!

  167. s riches says:

    I encourage healthy eating by growing a vegetable garden every summer.

  168. Jimmy Rector says:

    they like vegetables

  169. steven weber says:

    My niece and nephew don’t mind veggies.. I always tell them it helps their tummys feel better.

  170. we mix veggies in a lot of different dishes and then the kids love their food and get the veggies they need.

  171. Danielle says:

    I try and put some type of vegetable in everything I make and we have either a salad or a steamed vegetable with the meal.

  172. Rachael G. says:

    I encourage them to pile on veggies by making designs out of them. Also keeping lots of colorful veggies, so they want to use them. And we always eat veggies, so they have come to like them.

  173. Betsy Barnes says:

    I always make sure I keep plenty of healthy snacks in the house, try not to bring in junk food. I pick up fruits and veggies every week at the farmers market, clean and cut them up right away so my family can grab them quick and easy when on the go and snacking 🙂

  174. John Joseph says:

    I show them by example because i pile on veggies myself

  175. wen budro says:

    I try to include some fruit and veggies with every meal. Ranch dressing works wonders.

  176. Ellen casper says:

    We have veggies every night for dinner. I add seasoning to jazz them up.

  177. Ellen casper says:

    We have veggies every night for dinner. I add seasoning to jazz them up.

  178. Ellen casper says:

    We eat veggies every night. I add seasonings to jazz thhem up.

  179. Audra O'Hara says:

    I encourage my daughter to try eating her veggies, even if she doesn’t like the way they look. She does enjoy Subway, so that’s one way to get her to eat some fresh/healthy food. We also have dinner at the table together and that shows her that we eat our veggies.

  180. We grow a garden and talk about how healthy the fruits and veggies are in it.

  181. Taylor Closet says:

    I allow my daughter to create little characters with veggies, fun fun but healthy and no complaints she eats it all.

  182. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    we make smoothies with hidden yummy veg in them
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  183. Douglas Houston says:

    A little ranch dressing goes a long way on getting my son to eat veggies.

  184. We have veggies with every meal just about. It hasn’t been a struggle for us because the first food I introduced to my kids were veggies so they love them now.

  185. I add things that my son would like with his veggies. Like veggies and cheese.

  186. One way to get kids to eat their vegetables (especially at Subway) is to let them put their own choices to make the Sub. For every 2 choices they make, I get to pick 1, they way everyone’s happy. The ending result is a healthy meal even if they don’t know it.

  187. I make veggies a part of the meal, like mixing spinach in with pasta, and if its something new or different, pair it with something we love already.

  188. Melissa S says:

    My son is a huge raw veggie lover, I try to encourage less junk food, which we all love.

  189. Jessica says:

    I encourage healthy eating by limiting the junk food in the house. If it’s laying around at midnight when I have a craving or I’m bored it’s a recipe for disaster! I also love to throw stuff on the grill..some grilled fish or bbq chicken with whatever fresh veggies I picked up at the farmer’s market is always a hit.

  190. melina r says:

    I encourage them to eat fruits and veggies, especially seasonal summer fruits.

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  193. I try to lead by example. It seems to have worked! Both kids are big veggie eaters!

  194. Danalee Davis says:

    We love veggies in our family as snacks.

  195. sara wood says:

    We make homemade pizzas and evverybody chooses their own toppings. It is alot of fun!!

  196. I think the best way to get them to eat veggies is to set a good example.

  197. shaunie says:

    We encourage by playing games (we make them up along the way) with our food and explaining why they are good

  198. Susan Smith says:

    We always have cut up carrots and celery in the refrigerator for snacking.

  199. Francine Anchondo says:

    I put them in sauces and make smoothies.

  200. Tom Bellamy says:

    I encourage healthy eating and piling the vegetables on by setting the example for them to follow.

  201. I just started my kids out very young, exposing them to every veggie I could think of! I make sure we have two veggies with every meal, and the kids get to pick one or both, but they have to eat at least one. And once a week, we try a new veggie, or an old fave cooked a new way. I think variety is the spice of life and I want them to be open to any and all veggies!

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  202. Stephanie Shipley says:

    My son loves eating fruit and vegetables so luckily I don’t have to do much encouraging! Many people have commented on how surprised they were seeing my son choose veggies over other foods and to actually beg for broccoli 🙂

  203. Angela W says:

    We love to make smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies

  204. Penny Snyder says:

    I encourage them if they eat healthy & eat their veggies they’ll grow up strong like their papa!!

  205. I try to lead by example. If the kids see me eating healthy, they will too!

  206. gayle gildehaus says:

    I try to serve salad every night in addition to cooked vegies with dinner

  207. Kaitlyn Ortega says:

    Good old fashioned bribery with TV and video games…no veg, no vegging.

  208. Brittney House says:

    I encourage them by cooking healthy meals for them to eat.

  209. jeannine s says:

    They help me shop for groceries, pick out new fruits and veggies to try

  210. I always try to be an example and eat many types of vegetables.

  211. With every meal we encourage our kids to eat veggies, we have at least one vegetable that they eat.

  212. I get them to help me make salads and they always wanna eat what they make.

  213. I get my kids to eat veggies by example.

  214. Russell Moore says:

    Actually Subway is a great place for piling on the veggies for my grandkids. Just the fact that they can choose what they like encourages them to load up.

  215. Martha Holland says:

    My son always ate his veggies when he was young. We love to eat at subway because you can pile on the veggies on your sandwhich.

  216. Jill Myrick says:

    My children actually love salads so I keep a mixed salad made at all times in the fridge.
    They eat it at least once or twice a day as a snack, with lunch or with dinner.


  217. Karen T Gonyea says:

    We have a rule that for every veggie they add to their sub (or meal in general), they get a dollar 🙂

  218. Daniel M says:

    you can add veggies to anything when you cut them small

  219. Erica B. says:

    We compete to see who can eat the most veggies.

  220. Alex Mowry says:

    I like to make faces out of vegetables!

  221. We make sure to include a veggie with every meal eating a sandwich is no different we like lettuce, tomato and cucumbers on our sandwiches.

  222. krystal wethington says:

    Everyone already loves veggies.The little ones really love broccoli.

  223. Rose Reeder says:

    It’s hard for Grandma to have them eat veggies but their parents are very good about it, so it doesn’t cause me the trouble. They esp. like fruits like strawberries and bananas.

  224. joe gersch says:

    i encourage to blend them in their soups

  225. stephanie baker says:

    Everyone gets a night to pick the vegetable for dinner. For lunch, I like making funny faces with the veggies 🙂

  226. tina reynolds says:

    I set a good example and always have them on hand. I also when we get a sandwich we have a little game of who can make the better “rainbow sandwich” with lots of colorful veggies.

  227. I like to encourage them by growing our own garden

  228. I encourage her to eat as many fruits and veggies as she wants. I always have something on hand and I will rarely, if ever tell her no, not right now, if she asks me for something like a banana or an apple. I encourage her by letting her have as much of the fruits or veggies that she wants.

  229. robyn paris says:

    i encourage my daughter to eat her veggies by making them available. I’ll cut them up and offer them with humus.

  230. Dawn Monroe says:

    My grandkids are pretty good eaters. I always ask them to try it once.

  231. Jenny Moses says:

    I started with veggies rather than fruits when he was a baby. He seems to have fallen in love with them. He eats almost every veggie (and fruit) that I put in front of him. So, I’m lucky that I don’t ahve to give too much encouragement.

  232. Mollie B says:

    I love looking and finding new ways to make veggies tasty for snacks, hiding them in meals, or even figuring ways to grill or sautee with the right amount of flavor so that not only does my stepson, but my MAN does too! XD

  233. Brenda Elsner says:

    We have always had veggies at meal time. I never had a problem getting the kids to eat veggies.

  234. Michael S. says:

    Oddly, we don’t have to even encourage them, except the older one doesn’t like beans. I think we just set an example of people who love veggies!

  235. yana ryjova says:

    I encourage them to eat veggies by saying that there will be no dessert if the veggies are not eaten.

  236. Courtnie says:

    We need to eat veggies to provide us energy to do activities such as camping, hiking, and swimming.

  237. We “pile on the veggies” at every meal, because we’re vegetarians! We eat a huge salad with dinner, along with a side of veggies in addition to whatever we are eating.

  238. Samantha Plotkin says:

    Giving veggies right from the start sets kids up for a lifetime of happy healthy eating! Fruit should be a yummy dessert.

  239. We always have fruit in the fruit bowl. My daughter loves veggies so it’s not at all difficult.

  240. Wendy S says:

    We mix veggies in with pasta

  241. Rebecca Ann says:

    When the children were young, I pureed fresh onions to add dishes that called for onions. The flavor was there, but not the chunks. Sometimes it’s the texture that is objectionable.

  242. Deb Ford says:

    WE don’t have any meals without a fruit or veggie with it.

  243. Robby Rob says:

    my kids love veggies. Edamame is a great one because the kids have fine opening the pods. They love broc, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. Taco night is a great one too because they have to put lettuce and tomatoes on their taco. House rule!

  244. Rebecca Lock says:

    We plant a garden every year and the kids enjoy eating what we grow.

  245. Evan Stone says:

    I encourage more veggies on our sandwiches by using a vinaigrette dressing.

  246. Samantha says:

    We have a CSA so we get all new types of vegetables for them to try and make with me.

  247. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    We like to make family meals with all the healthy choices we hope the kids make once they are on their own.

  248. Michelle H. says:

    I cut up fruits and vegetables and have them readily available for my kids to snack on.

  249. We keep more fruits and veggies in the house and less processed food so it is typically the only thing they can grab anyway.

  250. Carmen N says:

    I try and make sure there is at least one vegetable eaten.

  251. she isnt a big fan of any cooked veggies but she loves carrots and celery raw so I figure Im pretty lucky that she has some she likes, I on the other hand….

  252. Laurie Emerson says:

    I encourage them to pile on the veggies by telling them that to be a ballerina or baseball player you have to be healthy so that means eating a lot of veggies.

  253. Linda G. says:

    I always have fresh fruit setting out or in the refrig. easy to get at for snacking

  254. Steve Stone says:

    we eat healthy so our kids eat healthy like us.

  255. Eugenia Hall says:

    I try to get my husband to eat fruit for lunch by sending it with him and not really giving him an option. Plus we always try to serve lots of veggies for dinner.

  256. Lorayne Gothard says:

    I encourage my kids by telling them how good the veggies are for their tummies!! If I can’t get them to eat it all I just make them try it every time and usually them end up liking it.

  257. Della Barker says:

    We always have cut veggies and fresh fruit in the fridge. When it’s clean, cut and ready to eat they tend to eat much more.

  258. Betty C says:

    I never had any problem with my children eating veggies. They are adults now and they still love their veggies.

  259. tracey byram says:

    My grandchildren will eat practically any veggie as long as they can dip them in ranch dressing.

  260. I encourage healthy eating by always offering different veggies cooked different ways with each meal. it keeps things interesting, and I require everyone to take at least 3 bites of every item served. If at that point, they still don’t like it, they don’t have to eat it.

  261. Lacey Burd says:

    To encourage my picky 3.5 year old, I let her help me pick out fruits/veggies at the grocery store. We also always have homemade veggie trays available to snack on. If I’m introducing her to a new veggie, I try to make it fun. (usually by making fun shapes or fun designs on the plate)

  262. Jan Hammersmith says:

    I try to eat by example for my children

  263. ewhatley says:

    fortunately, everyone likes veggies so it’s not really a challenge; I do use veggies in many dishes (meatloaf, lasagna, etc.)

  264. I have fresh fruit and carrots and celery available for snacks.

  265. kathy pease says:

    One way my family loves veggies is to have carrot sticks or broccoli and we love to dip them in roasted garlic hummus

  266. I encourage them to eat veggies by making it a game at times.

  267. Patricia says:

    I mix veggies in

  268. Heather Dawn says:

    We don’t bring junk food into our house. My kids will pile on the veggies without me asking. one of their favorite snacks is red pepper hummus and carrots.

  269. We have a little garden and Carter is helping with it and starting to eat his efforts LOL He loves to pick and eat 🙂

  270. I encourage her to pile on the veggies by getting the ones she loves

  271. We’ve always just led by example and serve and eats lots of veggies with our kids.

  272. sheila k. says:

    My grown children have thanked me for teaching them to eat healthfully and enjoy veggies. We used to have one evening a week where we worked together to slice and dice a plethora of fresh veggies to make a super sandwich on a loaf of French bread, which we would slice and serve with veggie pasta salad and celery and carrot sticks. Stir fry dishes and vegetarian homemade spaghetti sauce was a big hit.

  273. We like to ‘hide’ fruit in yogurt and smoothies and veggies always accompany sandwiches or no sandwich.

  274. Sarah Hall says:

    My husband always just liked one meat and one veggie at every meal but I tried to incorporate at least two veggies each meal when we had children.

  275. Ellie Wofford says:

    I make sure that every meal that I serve has veggies! And my kids know that when they ask for a snack- there are always veggies available to them!

  276. stacey taylor says:

    I encourage my kids to try several bites of everything before they decide they don’t like it.

  277. susan smoaks says:

    we eat fresh fruits and veggies with every meal and snack, it’s not that hard if you always have them around!

  278. Karen Drake says:

    I always have raw veggies and veggie dip in the house, the kids love it.

  279. Jenny Q. says:

    I encouage our kids to like veggies by having a little garden in the back with veggies that they take care of. It is amazing how that in itself encourages eating veggies. And the other thing we do is go to subway when we are busy instead of the other fast food options.

  280. Barb Stenby says:

    i don’t need to encourage my son because he chose to be a vegetarian

  281. Breanne says:

    You have to put at least one veggie on your sandwich

  282. Mary Cloud says:

    My kids love veggies so I don’t have to encourage them too much – one of their favorite things to eat is a salad
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  283. We have a backyard garden and harvest vegetables for our homemade rainbow salad!

  284. Julie Hawkins says:

    I encourage healthy eating by limiting junk food and having lots of available healthy fruit and veggie snacks

  285. Angela Ash says:

    I home cook most meals for health and taste. Dishes always include tons of veggies which everyone loves. It’s easier to get kids to eat veggies if you’ve raised them that way and continue to eat many of them yourself.

  286. I encourage healthy eating by making delicious meals that consist of meat, dairy and veggies.

  287. My children love raw veggies, but they won’t touch cooked veggies. So I make sure to have raw veggies available at all times.

  288. ioana c. says:

    My daughter loves veggies , she has her own little raised bed in the garden that she takes care of! She loves eating the stuff she grew herself! Just today she was snacking on lettuce , tomatoes and snap peas from the garden!

  289. Christie says:

    I will admit I am not good about encouraging veggies at all. I hate them too.

  290. Valeen N says:

    I use Spaghetti squash for spaghetti. We call is squashetti! My kids love it!

  291. Vicki D. says:

    I don’t have any grandchildren yet. My two boys are grown, but one still lives at home. I try to always have a bowl of fruit for snacking. Plus, at meal time, I almost always make a salad. I try to serve different vegetables, also. Variety is the key.

  292. laura ari says:

    We find sneaky ways to get vegetables into meals. We love making squash spaghetti and sauteing it with tomatoes. And growing vegetables in the garden encourages them to eat veggies!

  293. Barbara Butler says:

    I always have veggie with ranch dressing my grandkids just love it

  294. Melanie Montgomery says:

    We aerve 2 veggie sides with dinner every night

  295. My kids don’t need much encouragement… they tend to order completely veggie sandwiches! I try to have several veggies at each meal and everyone is happy!

  296. Brad Merrell says:

    They actually like vegetables, so there’s no problem!

  297. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I encourage my Grand kids to eat their veggies so they can grow up and big and strong and handle the World….. they just giggle and eat them.

  298. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…with our kids we always gave them a choice of two (or more) vegetables at the family meal; they could pick one or all of them, but they had to pick (and eat) at least one. This proved a good strategy for us because our kids now love a variety of vegetables & fruits; giving them a choice is the key.

  299. They don’t have any problems with piling on the veggies because they prefer them to everything else.

  300. Buddy Garrett says:

    We have always served them vegetables and healthy choices. We serve different varieties of vegetables in small bite sizes.

  301. Jennifer J says:

    I’m lucky. My little girl loves vegetables so getting her to eat them is no problem. We do have a lot of berries for dessert,.

  302. Christian Alejandro says:

    I try to get creative with smoothies or different dishes that vegetables can mix well with.

  303. Tim Moss says:

    We don’t have kids but I try to eat healthy myself with fruits & vegetables in addition to meat. My wife isn’t as conscious of this.

  304. My kids love veggies thanks