Ten ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 | In Lifestyle | Tags: , ,

Ten ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies
~ Ten ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies ~

To make getting more vegetables in your kids’ diet in your 2012 resolution and succeed with help from Brian Wansink, the director of New York’s Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, who headed up a study of the best way to get your children to eat more vegetables.

Here, he shares 10 powerful tips for encouraging your children to eat their veggies:
1. Model your veggies: if you eat your veggies then your kids will eat theirs too. Research suggests the chances a child eats recommended amounts of healthy foods double if their parents do.

2. Stock the freezer: Try fresh vegetables in frozen form to get your kids’ favorite vegetables all year around. Kids love carrots, corn and peppers – all easy-to-prep options to keep in your “frozen pantry”.

3. Give kids a choice: Just giving kids a couple of options could mean more veggies. Kids may prefer carrots to celery (they choose carrots 90% of the time, in a recent study) but when the choice was offered, they ate 18% more than when carrots were the only option.

4. Power kids’ plates: Help kids create their own veggie-powered plate; fill half the plate with fruits and veggies. The plate size (and even design) can affect how much kids eat. Research shows that large plates and certain plate designs can cause people to take an extra 20% or more without knowing it.

5. Play the name game: Several school studies have shown that veggie sales increase as much as 27% after carrots become “X-Ray vision carrots” and broccoli turns into “broccoli bites”. Come up with your own veggie names, or challenge the family to “name that vegetable”.

6. Get kids in the kitchen: Look for simple, easy recipes that the entire family can cook. Encourage your kids to discover what they enjoy about veggies too.

7. Create super shoppers: Kids are more likely to eat what they help pick out, so bring the kids along on your next supermarket trip and let them pick their vegetables. Encourage them to try something new, such as blends of different vegetables, full of diverse tastes, colors and textures.

8. Veggie aspiration: Motivate the little ones and show them that eating healthy foods, like vegetables, can help set them up for success in the activities they love to do.

9. Go for the rainbow: Brighten up kids’ diets to help them eat a rainbow of nutrients. Choose different colors and varieties of vegetables, or vegetable blends, to create a palette of key nutrients kids need.

10. Always ready: Busy schedules make it important to have quick and easy options on hand for the kids.

Information via The Star Newspaper.


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