It’s a rivalry that is as old as time. Like the Hatfields and McCoys, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, kids and veggies don’t often mix. Although parents know the nutritional benefits of their kids eating more vegetables, getting them to eat those vegetables on a regular basis can be challenging, but a new study suggests offering a variety of veggies can lead to increased acceptance by kids.
According to a recent study conducted by Elsevier, repeatedly offering a variety of vegetables increased acceptance and consumption by children. In the study, researchers offered 32 families with tips on how to offer different vegetables and provided vouchers to purchase the vegetables. Children were then served a small piece of vegetable three times per week for five weeks. Researchers found that families that offered multiple vegetables recorded an increase in consumption from 0.6 to 1.2 servings, while no change in consumption was observed in families serving a single vegetable or families that did not change their eating habits.
1. Serve them a half-plate of veggies and fruit.
2. Take kids to the farmer’s market or grocery store and have them pick out a veggie.
3. Offer veggies with their favorite foods, like pizza with a single veggie topping.
4. Don’t give up on serving veggies, but don’t force kids to eat veggies.
5. Offer one new vegetable plus a familiar one.
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