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.

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,

Ice, Ice Veggies: Nutrition of Frozen, Canned and Fresh

Dropping temperatures means a drop in the availability of fresh vegetables. Fortunately we have other options, but are they as healthy? How canned and frozen veggies hold up to fresh.

Baby it is cold outside, but does that mean we should expect the same of our veggies?

In many cases, yes. Winter weather limits the availability of many fresh veggies and oftentimes makes those that are on offer more expensive.

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.

5 Veggies that are Surprisingly Good for Kids (With Recipe Tips)

A kid’s hit list of veggies is usually pretty short. How about extending it with some unsung heroes? These five vegetables might not get the star treatment of broccoli, but they pack a wallop of nutrition.

No disrespect to the baby carrot, but when it comes to nourishing a kid, it would do well to share the plate with a few unsung veggie heroes.

Of course all veggies are good for us,

Hair-Raising Food Facts: The Ingredients ‘Hyding’ in Kid Foods

We’ve heard of the Creature From the Black Lagoon, but what about the contents lurking on the back label? How common foods ingredients may affect our kids.

When it comes to a good scare, there are definitely some foods we should eat with the lights on.

After all, how else are we going to read the labels?

Lots of innocent-looking foods, from bread to veggie burgers, carry ingredients that can haunt our kids with side effects,

Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? 10 Do’s and Don’ts

How good for you has the line “It’s good for you” been? Kids are more complex than we think when it comes to vegetable acceptance. Here are a few simple guidelines to help kids to learn to like their veggies.

In the movie “Inside Out,” the story’s protagonist is confronted with what most kids would consider a horrifying offer – a slice of what should be delicious pizza, except it’s covered in (gasp!) broccoli.

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,

4 Reasons Kids Need Folate: Veggie Boost With a Capital B

We often hear that folate, or folic acid, is good for us, but why? And why the two names? Let’s explore folate, why kids need it and where to find it in foods.

If you wonder how your kid can scarf down cheeseburgers, pizza and milkshakes and still be a string bean, you can thank the lima bean.

Or the asparagus or the cauliflower. What these veggies and many others have in common is one nutrient – folate.