A Tribute to Spinach: 8 Ways It Makes Kids Strong to the Finich

It may end with Halloween, but October is officially Spinach Month. We share four reasons kids (and grownups) should eat lots of the iron-rich veggie. Plus four recipes that’ll blow them down!

October is Spinach Month, and whether you’re a kid or a cartoon sailor, there are plenty of reasons to make it an anchor of your diet.

There’s a reason Popeye relied on it. High in iron, which is good for red blood cells and energy,

Taking the Labor Out of the Picnic: 6 Easy, Veggie-Friendly Recipes

For many parents, getting the little ones to eat veggies is no picnic. Let’s change that this Labor Day. These six kid-approved veggie recipes, from our kitchen and others, will be a picnic basket hit.

This Labor Day, let’s not make feeding the kids any more work than it should be. In fact, let’s make it a picnic.

We know, broccoli in a blanket may not sound like a day at the beach.

After-School Nutrition: 10 Cook-Free Snacks for Kids

Grab ‘n go does not have to mean low nutrition and high preservatives. Here’s a list of 10 healthy, portable snacks from the fridge that require no cooking.

When it comes to nutrition, portable should be affordable, and it should also come wrapper-free.

By the year 2019, the sale of snack bars is expected to rise by 20 percent, thanks to the demand for grab ‘n go food.

Q&A With Dietitian Mary Snell: Healthy Advice for Feeding Kids

What’s the best way to eat veggies? Mary Snell, director of nutrition and wellness at Marsh Supermarkets, talks about vegetables and gives expert advice on how to work them into lunch boxes and other meals. 

It shouldn’t be surprising that Mary Snell liked veggies as a kid.

Fresh vegetables were a bit of generational bond growing up, she said. “My grandmother had a large garden so we always had fresh produce on hand.”

Those healthy moments paid off.

National Eat Your Veggies Day: 3 Fun Ways to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

Vegy Vida likes to add a twist to the way we enjoy veggies, and that applies to how we celebrate them as well. So we hope you join us on June 17 for National Eat Your Veggies Day, when we celebrate the earth’s most nutritious foods through a variety of creative family events.

Good health doesn’t start with a regimen or a membership or a fad. It starts with one day.

Mornings With Broccoli, and 6 Other Ways Kids Can Love Veggies for Breakfast

Kid’s not a morning person? A little green pepper might help. Some of the best foods for a kid’s mood, energy and satiety come courtesy of Mother Earth, not a box. These six breakfast ideas will change the way your kids tackle the day.

Sure, that bowl of corn puffs looks innocent enough, but what we feed our kids for breakfast could very well make them toast before noon.

If the cereal includes a lot of sugar,

Q&A With Founder of Kidstir: Recipes For (Making) Little Chefs

The first steps to getting kids to love healthy foods for life lead to the kitchen. This Q&A with Aparna Pande reveals how her company, Kidstir, encourages kids to measure, mix and understand the value of nutritious meals.

If there is one ingredient often missing from the kitchen table, Aparna Pande thinks it might be adventure. Fortunately, she has a kit for that.

Pande is founder and CEO of Kidstir,

VegyVentions: Turn Veggies Into Magical Munchies, Imaginatively

Give a child some Lego blocks and he might build a house. Give him sliced cucumbers, peppers and toothpicks, and he’ll assemble a car. The best part of a VegyVention creativity kit: Kids can turn their inventions into body fuel.

The imagination is an amazing gift. It can transform mushrooms into elf umbrellas and it can turn veggies into flying machines.

This is what we learned at a recent “VegyVention” exercise conducted with members of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA and a crowd of about 50 eager kids.

A Green Bean Got Me an “A”: Veggies As Brain Food

Leafy greens and other veggies can be as important to a child’s intelligence as sleep and physical activity. Sadly, sometimes these veggies can be a hard sell. Here are some magical ways to make them a welcome addition to mealtime.

Once upon a time there was a very smart cookie in the kitchen. She fed her kids green veggies, and they were happy.

No, this is not a fairy tale,

Tales from the Crisper: Debunking 5 Common Veggie Myths (and 1 Kid Myth)

To peel or not to peel? Veggies have evolved to provide humankind with more nutrition than most any other food on earth, yet myths about their preparation and nutrition persist. Fortunately, the fables at the table are easy to sort out.

An old Greek myth has it that one of our earliest veggies was derived from a beautiful woman, Cynara, who enraged the jealous Zues with her frequent trips home to earth.