05/30/2012 03:00:00 PMTom Karst
For a further in depth look at getting college students to eat healthy, take a look at Sept. 2010 issue of Psychology Today. Study with college students found that enticing them to eat healthy is in the wording. Key words, such as delicious, creamy, buttery and sweet are what motivates individuals to eat their veggies. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201009/i-shouldn-t-make-you-eat-healthy-food.
Or, just put your kids' broccoli inside something with Batman or The Hulk on it. Well, or at least so says this study reported by WSJ.com: http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2012/05/30/superhero-support-for-healthy-eating/ On a related note, the link to another article within the WSJ piece has me split. Some good stuff in there, but calling (or at least implying) sweet potatoes and strawberries as "bitter" seems like a misfire to me.
If vegetables taste good, kids will eat them. If vegetables are fresh, they have more flavor. There are lots of ways to cook vegetables so kids will eat them, like....mixing cooked carrots with a bit of honey and butter, adding butter to freshly microwaved broccoli, or making a tasty but healthy dip for raw vegetables. First, parents have to be willing to make eating at home a priority and then take the time to make those meals.