Time to get children involved and eating!
Getting children to eat vegetables isn't always easy and we often look for new ways to make healthy eating fun for our young ones. At Veggiecation, we promote an interactive approach that involves getting the kids in the kitchen with us as we cook. Now, that's the preparation portion of the meal, but what about actually getting the kids to eat the stuff?
A study by Brian Wansink, a leading nutrition education researcher, has found that kids are more likely to eat veggies when a fun name is involved. Calling peas "power peas" almost doubled the preference in young children. Rather than tricking or hiding vegetables in your children's meal, creating a fun and descriptive name game gets them to let their guard down.
Let's take it a step further! Not only can you and your kids make naming a vegetable dish fun, you also have the chance to rename one of Veggiecation's very own recipes!
The prize for the Best Recipe Name will be: A Veggiecation Tote Bag filled with an Activity Book, Family Recipe Book and set of Informational Veggie Posters.
Recipe of the Month:
Jicama and Strawberry Dip
2 Medium Jicama
2 cup Fresh or Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries
1/4 cup Honey
2 tbsp. White Vinegar
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Wash the Kale leaves and dry well. Cut each leaf in half lengthwise. Remove stem and center rib.
Toss kale with oil in large bowl.
Arrange leaves in single layer on 2 large baking sheets.
Combine Cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and sprinkle over Kale leaves.
Bake until crisp, about 25 - 30 minutes. Check after 25 minutes. Smaller leaves take less time and should be removed first. The larger more wrinkled leaves usually need to bake for a few extra minutes to get crisp.
Transfer leaves to rack to cool.
To Enter for your FREE Veggiecation Goodie Bag, complete one of the following or all three:
- Leave your new recipe name on this blog post with the following information: your state, grade and email address (use this format: name AT email DOT com).
- Like the Veggiecation's Facebook page for a second entry. Leave a comment on this blog post saying you did so.
- Share the URL to this contest with others via your Facebook page or email. Leave a comment saying you did so.
Only separate comment entries will be counted for extra entries. The contest closes at midnight CST end of every month. The winner will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to the email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn until prizes are claimed.