Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Want Your Picky Eater To Eat Veggies?

Here's a trick to make a kid, who turns up his nose at just about anything that comes near his mouth, open wide: Name that Vegetable!

A study conducted at Cornell University found out that when preschoolers were told that an ordinary carrot stick were called "x-ray vision carrots", they ate almost twice as many of them. The strategy is framing healthy foods in ways that children can relate to, and it actually encourages them to taste and eat them.

You can even choose names based on what your child likes. For example, superheroes fans can name the brussel sprouts as "muscle sprouts, and fairy lovers can name sliced zucchini rounds as "pixie rings". Here are other ideas that might inspire you:

  • broccoli - dinosaur trees
  • salad greens - bunny food
  • cherry tomatoes - ketchup berries
  • peas - power peas
  • beans - magic beans
  • asparagus - super spears

- condensed from a parenting magazine


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