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Three Frustration-Free Ways to Offer Vegetables

Toddler exploring veggies

One of the most frustrating parts of parenting is dealing with our children’s negative reactions to food at mealtimes. It’s enough to make any Mom want to either insist they eat, no matter what, or throw in the towel completely.

These tendencies over time can create bad habits that cause stress at the table and negatively impact kids’ vegetable eating habits.

That’s why it’s key for parents to remember that, as with all manners,

How to Train Kids to Enjoy Vegetables: 5 Practical and Easy Approaches

How to get kids to eat vegetables

So often when I’m talking to parents about how to get their kids to eat vegetables, I go back to the examples of teaching our kids to learn how to read or learn how to ride a bike.

These concepts are so familiar for parents that the analogies of “learning” to do these things is obvious, especially compared to talking about the more abstract idea of “getting our kids to do something,” like eating their vegetables.

Take a Dip Without the Guilt

We all like a little veggie with our dip.

Your child’s hummingbird metabolism may cause him or her to ask for a snack every hour, but you want feed them whole foods loaded with nutritional benefits as often as possible. The good news is you don’t have to feel guilty about letting your kiddos coat their carrots in Creamy Ranch. 

Can your go-to veggie 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 moms 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,