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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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,
St. Patrick might have worn a shamrock on his shirt, but the greens in his belly were more likely to give him the luck, and good health, of the Irish. Here are five kid-friendly recipes for green veggies that even your little leprechauns could celebrate.
If we are to feed our kids a rainbow of veggies, then consider the green ones to be the pot of gold on the other side.