“Eat your vegetables” is a mantra we hear from parents growing up. And yet, not only kids but also many adults don’t eat their vegetables.
Vegetables supply nutrients that are important for your health. According to the USDA, vegetables provide potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A and vitamin C. They help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may even lower your risk for heart disease. The benefits are extensive, not to mention they are low in calories and fat, which is a good way to keep your weight down.
A study by Texas A&M University showed that food pairing has a lot to do with why kids don’t eat vegetables. When offered potatoes over green leafy veggies, potatoes won every time. In fact, the top five most eaten vegetables were high in starch.
You can follow the advice of a mom who wrote an article for YMC. She discovered a way to get around the “not eating your vegetables” problem. When kids come home from school, they’re often hungry. While preparing dinner, she offered them a tray of different colored veggies with hummus, ranch or Caesar dressings for dip. She didn’t pair them with high starch vegetables. Her kids happily made a habit of devouring the veggies she served. You can also try this for yourself as a dinner appetizer or snack between meals.
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