Salad Days in the WSJ makes sense on the surface, with the stock market up, but this time, it’s an excellent piece on how to get kids to eat vegetables.
And it also serves adults.
Including French Fries and Potato Chips, which the government counts as vegetables, kids under age 11 average 2.2 servings daily.
For all adults and kids together, it’s only 3.3 veggie servings daily. We can do better.
5 Easy Hints to
a. Use the Rule of 15: keep trying to get your kid to try a vegetable but don’t be pushy. You will overcome the natural resistance kids (and many adults) have to something new.
b. Stay Neutral. Praise doesn’t help when your kid eats veggies. It just makes most kids resentful. Adults want to know what you want.
c. Cheat. Use a little ranch dressing, ketchup, barbecue sauce, sour cream…because they help kids create positive associations with veggies. Adults too.
d. Model. Enjoy your veggies yourself, in front of your kid. Savor. Ditto for adults.
e. Extend. Love mashed potatoes? Try mashed sweet potatoes or winter squash. Love apple juice? Try carrot juice. And so on. Ditto for adults.