Getting Children To Love Those Veggies

Here’s an easy trick to help your kids love those veggies.  Are you ready?  Just pair them with their favorite food.

There’s a study that says pairing foods encourage kids to eat their veggies.  At a tender age, kids develop a particular liking for some foods but sadly, vegetables aren’t as likable to them.  A fun way to make it so is to serve them with their favorites.  Kids will try veggies if given to them with those they like and are already familiar with.

A more recent study published in a popular nutrition and diet journal says that pairing is  effective.  Pre-schoolers below 5 years of age were served Brussels sprouts topped with yummy cheese.  The result?  They finished the sprouts and said they liked the dish.  Later, sprouts were served again, this time without the topping.  The kids ate them just the same.

Other veggies like broccoli can be paired with tasty dips that aren’t too high in fat.  Serving veggies with dips increase vegetable consumption among kids by more than 70 percent.  Another pair that works is celery sticks and dips.  Create your own dip to ensure they’re healthy.

Now if you had very few successes, these words of wisdom may be helpful:

Don’t stop

Don’t worry if you don’t succeed at first.  Keep serving your kids veggies despite their resistance at first.  It could take you more than 8 attempts before you could convince them to like the paired veggies.

Try presenting the pairs in many ways.  Have you tried pureed veggies?  It works well for carrots.  Pureed squash with milk makes for a delicious hearty soup.

How about sneaking in some veggies in mushrooms and tomatoes.  Dice or grate veggies and mix them with meatloaf or even chicken burgers.  Carrots in spaghetti sauce is a good sneak trick.  The sauce can also be used on pizza.  On the other hand, fruits can be mixed with veggies when making a smoothie.

Get them involved

Create kid-friendly dishes or better yet, prepare them with your kids.  You hit two birds with one stone.  You get to bond with them and educate them about veggies and healthy food.

Start a vegetable garden or a pocket garden if you don’t have much space.  Kids will find it fulfilling to harvest veggies they have planted and nurtured.

Shop for veggies together.  This is a smart way of directing their snack choices from sugary and calorie laden snacks to veggie snacks and meals that are healthier and nutritious.  Choose veggies that are colorful.  Greens, yellows, purples, and reds are hues that have high nutritional value.  The deeper the color the more health benefits.

Be creative by using cookie cutters and let them choose the shapes. Young children will like food presented with a twist.

You may have a kid who says no to veggies but with food pairing strategies and a can do attitude, pretty soon they’ll eat the greens off their plate.

Three Practical Choices You Can Make To Avoid Cancer

Your chances of getting cancer are partly due to life choices that you make.  Here are three simple choices anyone like you can follow to lower your cancer risk.

Avoid tobacco

Smoking could heighten your risk of cancer.  It is linked to cancers of the lung, throat, larynx, cervix, pancreas, and even kidney.

Tobacco chewing has also been linked to cancer of the mouth.  Regular and long-term exposure to secondhand smoke could also increase your chances of contracting cancer of the lungs.

If you feel you can’t do it alone, consult your physician.  He can discuss with you about anti-smoking products as well as tactics on overcoming the habit of smoking.

Go for healthy food and drinks

Eating foods that are healthy isn’t a foolproof way of escaping cancer, however, it will certainly help you lower your risk of this dreaded disease.

Load your diet with more vegetables and fruits instead of meat.  Avoid processed meat as these could increase your risk of getting certain types of cancer .

Studies reveal that a plant-based diet including beans and whole grains are healthy choices.  Aside from being kind to your gut, these foods will help you maintain a leaner physique.  Avoid foods that are high in bad cholesterol.  Avoid sugars and oil extracted from animals.

Findings reveal that a Mediterranean-based diet coupled with nuts and virgin olive oil reduces breast cancer risks among women.  This is because this diet is almost plant-based – a mix of healthy fruits, veggies, grains and nuts.

Get going

Engaging in exercise and body workouts can be cancer preventive.  On its own, engaging in physical activities could help you avoid getting breast and colon cancer.

Adults who regularly exercise have an added advantage over those who don’t.  For optimum health benefit, a two and a half hours per week of light  exercise or a one-hour per week of vigorous exercise is quite enough for those who don’t have the time.  You can design a mix of light and vigorous exercise if you want but if you can do more, the better for you.  Consistency is the key to getting the health benefits.  At least 30 minutes per day of exercise is also suggested.

If you are worried about getting cancer, quit worrying and follow these three simple suggestions now.