Two Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat More Veggies
1. Offer more. That’s the bottom line of a new study from Penn State, which found that as the amount of carrots presented to 3- to 5-year-olds increased, so did the amount the children ate. They did have their limit, though: The researchers were able to double the original amount offered over four weeks; but once they started to triple it, the kids didn’t fall for it.
2. Offer them at the start of a meal. The Penn State researchers always gave the veggies at the start of the meal. This tells us that this is the best time to get your children to eat as many vegetables as you can: when they’re nice and hungry and more willing to eat whatever you put in front of them.
I like this strategy. I’ve been known to give a little cup of Cheerios as a snack in those last minutes when my kids are melting down at warp speed while their food either hasn’t finished cooking, or is piping hot and needs to cool off. I think I’ll reorder my food-prep to-do list so that the veggies are always ready first, and serve them while they wait for the rest of their meal.
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