Here’s a neat trick to get your kids to eat more vegetables during a meal. Instead of offering a side of just carrots, offer a variety, for example carrots, broccoli, and sweet peas. That’s what professor Barbara Rollins of Pennsylvania State University did, with a group of 66 volunteers during a week of lunchtime testing.
The volunteers were given a pasta meal with a side of vegetables. Some received a 600 calorie portion of just one vegetable whereas others received 3 different vegetables, 200 calories each. The people eating a variety increased their vegetable consumption by 12-15%. Unfortunately, they did not eat less pasta, so their overall caloric consumption rose. More information here.
The concept though, is intriguing. Has anyone noticed a difference in their child’s willingness to eat vegetables based on variety?