Tips to get you and your family eating more vegetables
Add Cheese or Butter
The good news is adding a little fat to your vegetables enhances your body's ability to soak up the nutrients, but the key is moderation. Keep in mind that one tablespoon of butter – about the size of your thumb – packs about 120 calories, so use butter sparingly. Topping your vegetables with low-fat cheese is another healthful option because cheese comes with an extra dose of calcium and protein. Just stay away from cheeses in a can and use the real stuff.
No one ever said that eating your vegetables had to be boring. Try eating and serving vegetables with dipping sauces, such as low-fat dressing, yogurt or tomato sauce. Another fun idea is to create vegetable kabobs for kids. The more fun it is to eat vegetables, the more you and your family will want to eat them.
Get Some Help
The easiest way to get kids interested in eating more vegetables is to get them involved in the process. While you should avoid letting a child cut up vegetables, you can have them help select and wash the veggies to be included in a salad or stir fry. Getting them involved is a great way to get them eating more vegetables.
These are just a few ways to get you and your family to eat more vegetables. Don't be afraid to add a little cheese, butter or olive oil to your vegetables. It's better to eat your veggies with a little something extra than not eating them at all!
Posted: 11/18/2014 by
Filed under: Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle