Playing Dress-Up With Veggies

Sep 01, 2005

The Children’s Nutrition Research Center has a few tips for parents on how to make vegetables more tempting to kids:

  • Offer a new veggie at the start of a meal when kids tend to be hungriest.
  • Serve different veggies together to create colorful new combinations, such as peas with cauliflower and carrots.
  • Cook veggies in low-sodium chicken stock to give them more flavor; make carrot “slaw” with raisins; and grate zucchini into baked goods, like whole-wheat muffins.
  • Prepare dishes in new ways. Try stir-frying frozen veggies; topping frozen pizza with fresh mushrooms or green peppers; and adding puréed spinach or broccoli to spaghetti sauce as a healthy thickener.
  • Encourage your kids to cut out promising recipes from magazines; and engage kids in a scavenger hunt at the grocery store to find fresh ingredients on your shopping list.
  • Let kids help prepare veggie kebabs by stacking cherry tomatoes and mushrooms on a stick to be grilled.
  • Bring kids along to local farmers’ markets to learn how to shop for healthy fare.
  • Be a good role model yourself when it comes to eating your share of veggies!

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