Your child may munch more vegetables at meals if he can choose the ones he wants, suggests a new study from Spain. When kids ages 4 to 6 were given a choice of green beans or zucchini at lunch, they ate twice as many veggies as those who didn’t get to pick. Feeling a sense of control over what’s on their plate probably motivated them to eat more, say researchers.
Try this at home
Create a veggie bar of cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, sliced mushrooms and pepper rings for topping pasta or mini pizzas. Or fill a party platter with different colorful veggies and circulate it before dinner as an appetizer, then park it on the table where everyone can reach and grab.
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