Friday, July 20, 2012

How to get kids to eat veggies


When my daughter was a sprout, she loved artichokes. She would sit in her high chair and scrape home-made orange Hollandaise (made by her dad) off the leaves with her few little white teeth that had some in.

It’s not that we were such fabbie parents—it was that it tasted good and was fun to do.

Now, she’s grown but buys kiwis—she loves them and I can only tolerate.

Birds Eye is trying to help Moms push the veggies. The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior did some studies at Cornell on getting tots to eat veggies.

Birds Eye hooked up with iCarly and Nickelodeon to push this food group.

One thing that came out of this is—don’t give up too soon. A kid may like a veggie one day, spurn it the next.

Kids have favorites, though—for boys, it’s corn. For girls, broccoli. Then come carrots, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes.

Mom used to say just eat three bites. What do you think of that approach?

Also—don’t be afraid to put on a little butter or ranch. It really helps. Kids also love to dip.

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