By: Jay Edwards
A new study figured out a pretty simple way to trick your kids into eating more vegetables without complaining the whole time. All you have to do is…
Researchers at Stanford recently spent several weeks changing up the signs next to vegetables in the cafeteria and they monitored how many students ate each vegetable when they called it different things. They simply jazzed up the names a little and saw a significant change in kids eating more vegetables.
According to Time, researchers first tried boring labels, like “corn” and “green beans.” They also tried things like “vitamin-rich corn” and “reduced-sodium corn.” It didn’t make a huge difference though. But when they used labels like “rich, buttery, roasted sweet corn,” 25% more students ate it and the servings they took were 23% bigger.
The recipes never changed. The “rich, buttery” corn was exactly the same as when they just called it “corn” and it worked the same way with other vegetables too.
So, if you make something your kids hate like spinach, try calling it “sweet spinach” and see what happens. With young kids, you can have a little more fun with it if you want, and call it something like “Mom’s Sizzlin’ Sweet Spinach.”