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Take a Dip Without the Guilt

We all like a little veggie with our dip.

If your child’s hummingbird metabolism makes them ask for a snack every hour, you want feed them whole foods loaded with nutritional benefits as often as possible. Don’t feel guilty about letting your kiddo coat their carrot in Creamy Ranch. 

Can your go-to dip do that?

Be a BrocStar: A Fun Way to Help Your Kids Eat Veggies

Vegy Vida was developed by moms. BVV (Before Vegy Vida), you could ask any of our mommas what dinner time was like and you’d be met with heavy sighs, little laughs and veggie negotiation tales. We set out on this mission so we could hear about happy mealtimes and magic moments.

Vegy Vida helps start the veggie relationship with your kiddo, but sometimes they need a little incentive. (Don’t we all?)

We created a tool called the BrocStar Certificate.

Beta-Carotene: The Kid-Friendly Nutrient That’s Easy on the Eyes

The provider of eye-catching color in carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes, beta-carotene is transformed in the body to our eyes’ best friend – vitamin A. Where to find it and one A+ recipe.

If vitamin A is a super nutrient, then consider beta-carotene the Clark Kent of good health.

The pigment that gives many veggies and fruits their orange or red pigment, beta-carotene transforms into vitamin A in our bodies.

Kid-Friendly Cauliflower: The Benefits of a Storied Veggie (and a Recipe)

Cauliflower is good for a kid’s growing bones, muscles and digestive system. It’s also a great source of immunity-boosting vitamin C. But how to get kids interested? Perhaps with a bit of history.

Here’s a way to interest your kids in that head of cauliflower: Tell them it’s nearly 2,000 years old and was discovered by an army commander of the Roman Empire.

Pretty lofty, huh? But the humble-looking veggie’s nutritional value is just as impressive as its roots.

Phosphates – The Little-Known Additive that May Threaten Kids’ Bones

Nutrition experts warn that phosphate additives will be the “trans fats of the future.” Why is this a worry for our kids? Because the compound, often found in fast and processed food, can compromise bone health.

Why did the concerned mom cross the road? To get a healthier chicken sandwich.

Fast-food chicken and other foods are under the gun for an ingredient that generally is healthy, but in some cases can actually be harmful: phosphates.

Little Slice of Healthy: 5 Veggie Sandwiches for the Kids

Let’s give peanut butter and bologna a break. Peas and peppers make great bread mates as well, and carry a bunch of energy-rich vitamins essential for a kid’s healthy development. Here are five kid-friendly veggie sandwiches that pack well for lunch.

When it comes to good nutrition, a sandwich without veggies is full of baloney.

Sure, cold cuts and PB&J are great go-to’s for lunch in a pinch, but have you tried a full veggie sandwich?

Childhood Nutrition by Age: How Veggies Help Healthy Growth

The kinds of nutrients your need for healthy growth change over the years. We look at nutrition needs among kids in three age groups with tips for getting them to accept veggies.

Kids grow so fast, but are they growing well?

One day they’re mastering a tricycle and the next, it seems, they’re asking for the car keys. In the years between, the fuel that drives healthy growth also is shifting.

The Dirt on Growing Kid-Friendly Spring Veggies

Gardening is a beautiful, and delicious, activity for kids and a great way for them to learn to appreciate veggies. Here’s a list of the best veggies to get into the ground in early spring and tips on getting the kids involved.

If the forests are the lungs of our lands, as Franklin Roosevelt eloquently put it, then consider gardens to be little sighs of joy.

Gardens bring light to cloudy mornings,

After the Bell (Pepper): 5 After-School Veggie Snacks for Smarty-Pants

veggie dip for kids

Kids run out of fuel fast. In the time it takes to say “peanut butter and celery” they can go from full energy to full meltdown. Turn after-school snack time into an opportunity to jump-start your kid’s motor and memory. These five veggie-rich snacks include kid-friendly ingredients that should pass your little one’s smell test.

It may just be a coincidence. Kids get out of school the same time that our circadian rhythms recover from one of the day’s strongest sleep-drive periods.

National Nutrition Month and Kids: 5 Ways to Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month and parents are asked to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” Following are five pieces of advice for carrying that fork down the path to better childhood nutrition.

The path that leads to a lifetime of good nutrition is interrupted by many forks, or choices. When making these choices for your kids, do you know what you would like on the fork?

This is no trick question,