What’s That On My Plate – Squash, Yuck!

Research has shown that children in the United States throw away nearly
$4 million in fruits and vegetables every day. Parents constantly complain that their children won’t eat their vegetables at dinner.
What vegetables won’t your child eat?
I am collecting a list and so far, greens are at the top – broccoli,
asparagus and spinach.
Here is what NOT to do!
Eat SquashMy grandmother was old-school in the truest sense of old-school. She did not believe in wasting food and you would eat everything on your plate – always! One of her favorite foods was squash – not so much for the rest of our family. So you can imagine when we when for a visit and stayed for dinner, squash was on the menu. Well, as most kids will do, we fussed, moved the food around the plate, cut it up to make it look like we ate some, anything to not eat the squash. After what seemed liked forever, we were excused and after leaving the kitchen, did the happy dance because we “fooled” grandma and did not eat the squash.
Well, let me tell you, my grandmother was sharp and there was no fooling her.
When we woke up the next morning for breakfast, we sat down and guess what was served? THE SQUASH FROM DINNER! But this time, it was “As-is”, not re-heated, not new squash, the same squash. We thought we did not like the taste of fresh, warm squash. Try cold, soggy squash. We were told that we would eat it or it would return for lunch, and dinner, and breakfast again, until it was gone.
Needless to say, we ate the squash and to this day it is not one of my vegetables of choice.
Here are some general tips and ideas of a better way to handle this:
#1 – Have them try one bite. Instead of fighting over finishing your plate, have them eat one bite of each vegetable. Studies have shown that children who are exposed to a food 8 to 10 times will start to eat it regularly.
#2 – Make one meal. I am surprised by the number of parents that are short order cooks and make meals that each child will eat. If there is one meal for everyone, your kids will eat.
#3 – Add something to it. If you struggle to get your kids to eat vegetables, and they like ranch dressing, have them dip the vegetables with the dressing. Maybe it is soy sauce, or ketchup.
#4 – Set the example. A lot of times kids will follow their parents behavior – good and bad. Make sure you are leading by example and adding the things on your plate that you want your child to add to their plates.
#5 – Get them involved. Kids tend to eat more of the food they helped make. By teaching them how to cook, you are also giving them a vital skill that will benefit them a lifetime.
Finally, bring them to karate.
That’s right. Starting next week, I will be introducing our new vegetable challenge in class.
If you are not a student, you are welcome to call me and schedule a pre-evaluation at no charge to decide where your child would best start my program. Then, I have an Introductory Course for 6 weeks for just $69.95. Click Here to Visit Our Website: www.KidsMartialArtsTroy.com
By the end of this program, your child will be well on their way to eating more vegetables and being more focused with better listening skills.
Have a great Friday and see you next week for our Vegetable Challenge!

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