Thursday, November 18, 2010

Can you spot the ninja? One more secret to getting kids to eat more veggies

Several posts ago I published an article about 12 secrets to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. I realized today that I left a crucial tactic out that I use almost daily. The tactic is "Rename them"

I used this while trying to introduce my kids to new veggies. For example, I knew my kids would like edamame beans once they tasted them. They are very yummy but these beans smell kind of funny while cooking and look unflavorful. I knew that once my kids got them in their mouth, however, they would like them but how to do that...?

I decided that if I renamed them "ninja beans" they might just try them because what little boy isn't intrigued by the idea of a ninja? It worked like a charm. In fact, now I just have to make sure they don't eat too many.

We have also renamed different items dinosaur eggs, bat eyes and giants delight. I will let you guess the items on your own. I am sure the tactic will work for little princesses as well..."fairy" is a good buzz word for little girls...I am sure others could get even more creative than I can be...

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