Many children in the United States go days without eating a single vegetable, according to a recent survey!
Kids may be picky eaters, often turning their noses up at the steamed broccoli you put on their dinner plates. But eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is critical to the health of our children. And the earlier they develop good eating habits, the better.
Now, a new study suggests that the kind of plate you use may play a key role in getting your kids to eat healthier foods.
The study found that preschool children ate more vegetables when given segmented plates with pictures of fruits and vegetables on the plates. So that simple hack right there might be the key!
What are more ways can you get your child to eat more veggies and other healthy foods?
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- Meal prep. Credible research has shown that kids who are involved in the meal preparation process at home are more likely to make better food choices outside of the home. Kids who meal prep may also be more likely to enjoy a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Add flavor. You don’t need tons of butter and oil to make vegetables suitable for your child’s picky taste buds. Research has shown that using herbs and spices, like cumin, ginger and black pepper, to flavor veggies may make children eat more veggies.
- Take it to the farm. Another way to encourage your kid to eat healthy is by taking him or her to your local farmers’ market. Seeing the array of colorful, fresh produce and learning about where these foods come from can be empowering. Instead of seeing fruits and vegetables as foods they have to eat, they may see them as foods they want to eat.
- Take it to the garden. One study suggests that if kids grow their own vegetables, they are more likely to eat them. So if you have a garden at home, have your kid help you out with the gardening. Again, doing activities like this may be empowering to your child and encourage healthy eating.
- Don’t forget water. Water is a very important nutrient that their bodies need to remain healthy. (The other five nutrients are protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins). Research has shown that kids who drink more water have a lower intake of sugar and saturated fat.
- Be sneaky. Of course, you want your children to love the taste of kale, but some kids (and adults!) just may not like the taste of it and other leafy greens. The good news is you can mask greens in fruit smoothies. Try giving your child this Tropical Green Smoothie.
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This is not a sponsored post. Copy by Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH), a revolutionary health care company that provides tools needed to achieve optimal health.