25 Ways To Get Your Family To Eat More Vegetables
25 Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Vegetables Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory Board Nutrition experts say the best diets include 5 to 13 servings of vegetables every day. But how do you get that message across to kids and other family members, who might not agree?
Well, you can sneak veggies into food. But there are ways to inspire kids, and adults, to eat them on their own. Experimental psychologists at Stanford University found that when preschool children read storybooks that include information about the importance of eating a varied diet?and how their bodies digest food and use nutrients?they not only grasp the concepts but are more likely to voluntarily eat more vegetables. Another good way to encourage healthy eating habits is by example, so be sure you’re eating plenty of veggies yourself.
Here are 25 ways (including being sneaky) to help your family enjoy more vegetables at every meal, and snack time, too:
1. Try the same vegetable in different forms. For instance, family members who don’t like vegetables cooked may prefer to eat them raw or just lightly steamed.
2. Jazz up vegetables with “finishing flavors,” such as lemon juice, garlic heated in olive oil, chopped toasted almonds or walnuts, or Parmesan cheese.
3. Stir a little drained, grated zucchini into pancake, waffle, muffin, biscuit, or quick-bread batter.
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