How to get your kids to eat vegetables

That’s the screaming headline I’ve seen three times in two days. Would you believe I have the answer?

EAT THEM YOURSELF!

There’s nothing and no one more influential to a child than a parent. So your diet is his diet. Your habits are her habits. So the better question: how can you get yourself to eat more vegetables?

To begin, you need a plan. Two ways to go: one vegetable prepared seven different ways through the week or seven different veggies. You’ll already know what suits you, your shopping habits and your tastebuds.

Next, pull up an online list to see what’s in season like http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/what-fruits-and-vegetables-are-in-season

Alternatively, browse the produce section of your grocery and determine which vegetables are best priced. Those are the ones in-season.

If you’ve got a couple vegetables in mind, check online for some recipes in which you can use your new purchase. Do you need to buy additional ingredients?

We hard-core veggie lovers are happy to have vegetables plain – steamed, oven roasted or grilled. But a novice eater likely needs a few additions.

Don’t hesitate to make a casserole with your new found friend. Add veggies to a home baked pizza. Add a dip. Or cheese. Or add the new veggie into a combo with ones you already like. We just want you to get over neophobia – fear of new things. Once you’re comfortable with a veggie, that would be the time to roll back the additions and discover what the vegetable tastes like NAKED!

But until that time comes, show your kids YOU are eating your vegetables to be well,

Marcia

PS May veggies include: artichokes, asparagus, lettuces, greens, mushrooms and zucchini. Wouldn’t oven roasted zucchini sticks topped with a little parmesan be good?

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Sipping sodas?

Anyone reading this blog has long given up sipping sodas. Regardless of the sugar source, they are calories – devoid of nutrients. But what about diet sodas?

Well, nothing grabs headlines faster than what a food or ingredient might do to the brain. So, for all my headline readers and one of my BFFs, this one’s for you.

One study published online April 20, 2017 in Stroke (attention-grabbing publication, right?) revealed consuming one or more cans of diet pop daily was associated with an increased risk of stroke and dementia. You set your can down, didn’t you?

Let’s check in with the study’s lead author Matthew Pase, PhD, Boston U School of Medicine as he talked with Medscape:

We can’t show cause and effect in this study as it is observational in design

And further:

The jury is still out, and this just shows people need to be cautious

The American Heart Association reflects on this and a second study published online in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, March 5, 2017:

The results, however, come with a host of caution flags raised by experts. They say the study does not even hint that regular sugary drinks are better for you, or even that artificially sweetened drinks were associated with higher risk of strokes or dementia.

Dr. Pase said this could be a case for “reverse causality”. He hypothesizes that unhealthy people might tend to drink diet sodas.

There was no distinction as to the type of artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners in the study.

Our choices: guzzling sugar based sodas OR succumbing to stroke and dementia? There is a third way. Stop reading misleading headlines. Skip sugary drinks (pop, energy or rehydration when you haven’t really done anything) and don’t go hog wild on diet drinks.

Drink more water to be well,

Marcia

PS Feel free to enjoy the creative writing on ingredient labels…made from pure organic evaporated cane juice…

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