Our seventh-month old grandson is a fan of sweet potatoes in near liquid form.
When I say "fan," I mean it is possible, with high energy and animation, to feed him a few spoonfuls of the orange veggie.
While that doesn't qualify him for superstar status in fruit and vegetable consumption, it is another reason to boast about the remarkable youngster.
It apparently gets harder to instill healthy eating habits as babies become infants and young kids. This is a universal truth.
Everyone struggles with getting kids to eat right.
Coverage from Scotland said that about one third of parents there have given up trying to feed their children vegetables.
A story from stv.tv indicates a Scottish survey showed 29% of parents in that country at some point abandoned putting greens on their children's plates.
Another 37% of parents with children aged six months to 18 years become frustrated when trying to get their children to eat vegetables at mealtimes, while some have encountered "tantrums at the dinner table".
Here is the list of veggies that 1,002 Scottish parents surveyed found most difficult to feed their children:
- Cauliflower (21%)
- Broccoli (18%)
- Pepper (9%)
- Green beans (6%)
- Carrot (5%)
- Peas (5%)
- Sweetcorn (3%)
- Other (2%)
With a new campaign called Eat Better Feel Better, the government of Scotland is challenging children to try a new vegetable every day for five days."
According to the story, the campaign aims to support parents to help them make healthier changes to the way they shop, cook and eat, with more than 180 recipe ideas on the Eat Better Feel Better website.
It is a magnificent obsession for parents to urge their kids to eat veggies. Here, there and everywhere, the quest will continue.