Prompting Kids to Like Veggies in 7 Ways, From a Professor

Guiding kids to a lifetime of liking veggies begins earlier than you might think. The good news: We have many opportunities to encourage veggie acceptance as our kids grow up. This research from Kansas State University presents seven logical steps.

Want your kid to like Brussels sprouts? The time to start might be at T minus 250 days.

Or, as one professor might put it: Feed the veggies to your sprout before he even comes out.

5 Veggie-Rich Soups Kids Can Help Make

Few foods say love like hot soup. Ask the kids to help you make a batch and you have warm memories, not to mention the start of a tradition. These five kid-friendly veggie soup recipes are easy, versatile and fun to make together. 

Few foods feed a child’s soul, not to mention belly, as well as hot soups.

A bowl of soup is like a warm bath for the soul.

The Sweet Potato: A Sweetheart of a Meal Maker for Little Sweetie Pies

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.

Veggies Against the (Common) Cold: Mother Nature’s Best Defense

The picture of health might look a lot like a broccoli floret. Lots of veggies pack a high dose of immunity-building vitamin C. Here’s a look at some of the best C-rich veggies for cold season.

We’ll tell you one thing Peter Piper never picked: his nose.

And thanks to all of those peppers he picked, he probably didn’t have to blow it much, either.

This is because peppers,

From Brain to Belly: 5 Ways to Teach Kids About Veggies

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. 

Veggie Spotlight: The Misunderstood Brussels Sprout

They’re awfully cute, but Brussels sprouts tend to evoke crinkly noses, not kisses, at mealtime. We’ve got a nutritional explanation why they should bring kisses, and recipes that might straighten up little noses.

At home, we often call Brussels sprouts “little cabbage.” In France, saying the same might just get you a kiss.

That’s because the French term for sweetheart, “petit chou,” literally translates to little cabbage. And therefore,

Baby It’s Cauliflower Outside? 7 In-Season Winter Veggies

True, it is harder to get nature’s bounty of fresh veggies during the coldest and shortest days of the year. However, there are a few bright spots until our next tomatoes and peas burst forth. Here are seven winter veggies and kid-friendly preparations.

Let it snow, let it snow and by all means, let the veggies grow.

Because even in the coldest, shortest days of winter, many vegetables still do grow.

Cyber Veggies: 7 Super Nutrition Apps for Kids

When it comes to teaching kids good nutrition, few ideas can compare with smashed burgers and veggie-eating monsters. A look at seven kid-friendly nutrition apps we love.

Three cheers for cyber nutrition! Without it, how else would kids get access to treat-seeking robots and flying carrots?

We speak here of apps designed to enlighten kids about good nutrition. From university-designed trivia games to a junk food smasher, these apps offer relevance to kids across age groups.

A Bow on Broccoli? 4 Tips for Eating Veggies During the Holidays

Here’s one reason not to give your kid a second holiday cookie: sugar compromises the immune system. These four tips turn the season of rich treats into an opportunity for healthy food.

Between the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and Santa’s plate of cookies, can we just give peas a chance?

The holiday season is a bounty of delicious treats for a reason. It’s a celebration. But we should also take time to celebrate what is most important – our health.

Plymouth Broc: 6 Veggie Recipes to be Grateful for on Thanksgiving

Other than the marshmallow sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving vegetables are often a challenge for kids. These six kid-friendly recipes could make parents (and little ones) thankful for veggies.

If you think this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will present a couple of challenges with the kids, consider what was served at the first Thanksgiving feast.

Besides turkey, cranberries and clams, the 1621 menu is said to have included onions, beans, spinach,