5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

kids-vegetablesThis is a daily struggle in my household. My kids love fruits but getting them to branch out and try different vegetables is hard and I know I’m not alone. In the past I have hidden vegetables in sauces and soups so I could ensure my kids had a more balanced meal, however, research shows that hiding veggies is not the best way to promote lifelong healthy eating. In order to do that, we have to build a child’s taste for veggies that will last them into adulthood, choosing healthy choices for life. I still hide them when I can just to get them into their bodies, but I also try and follow these tips to get my kids to eat their vegetables.

1. Stick an apron on them. Studies show that kids who are involved in meal preparation will try different foods and generally prefer fruits and vegetables and overall healthy food choices. Plus, measuring ingredients can help with math skills too! Get the kids in the kitchen to help out as much as possible, and choose age-appropriate tasks. Good tasks for little ones include tearing lettuce, mixing ingredients, and helping to set the table. Continue reading “5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables”

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Dinner Tonight: Village Salad

village-saladPopular in a number of different cultures, village salad, also known as peasant salad, Greek salad, or in Bulgaria, Shopska salad, is basically a salad that is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and other possible additions. Veggies are chopped up into chunky pieces and served with a simple dressing. This is a perfect dish for all of those ripening end-of-summer vegetables. It keeps well and some people like it even better the next day. And the best part is that you will easily get a few servings of vegetables into your daily diet.

Village Salad

4 tomatoes (cut in  chunks or wedges), or 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 cucumber, peeled and cut lengthwise and then into chunks
1 red or green pepper (cored, seeded and cut into chunks) Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Village Salad”

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Eating in Season

Summer is around the corner and fresh fruits and vegetables are products of these warmer days. Farmers markets are a great place to get the freshest produce. You are not only supporting local farmers, but you are also doing your part for the environment by reducing the miles that asparagus had to travel to get on your plate. The best part is that you are getting produce that is nutrient-dense and full of flavor. Continue reading “Eating in Season”

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