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,
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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,
Chock-full of essential nutrients including vitamins A and, the sweet potato has become a sweetheart of American meals. It’s among the most versatile of veggies in the produce section, as these recipes will prove, and it’s easy to find year round. Just don’t call it a yam.
If a sweet potato could talk, it likely would tell you this: “I yam not your typical tuber!”
True enough, sweet potatoes are pretty darn special.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if kids could show their veggies just a fraction of the love they show you? Perhaps this Valentine’s Day we should ask cupid to strive for veggie “like.” These five tips will help.
If you wrote “Be Mine” on a string bean, would your kid eat it like a little candy heart, or turn away your offer?
These are the challenges parents face every day,
Experts suggest that kids who know the names and appearances of veggies are more likely to eat them. We’ve got five easy tips for exposing your kids to vegetables and their benefits, for more educational and happy mealtimes.
To know a veggie is to love it.
That’s the common thinking, anyway. Teach a kid to know her vegetables, and you may have a veggie lover in … well, how long it takes might vary.