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Getting children excited about eating healthy foods can be a tough challenge for parents. Kids know what they like, and are quick to dismiss anything that doesn't interest them. But as all parents know, children cannot live off a diet of only their favorite foods, so getting them to also eat the vegetables — or dreaded 'green things' — can take extensive patience and creativity.

"This isn't something that will happen overnight, and parents and caregivers need to recognize that many small actions they take will eventually lead to kids taking slow, small steps to better eating habits," Philadelphia-based dietitian Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD tells PEOPLE.

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