Catchy Names Make Kids Want to Eat Veggies
Would a carrot by any other name not taste as healthy? Maybe. New research suggests more fun names may make vegetables more enticing to kids. The study conducted by Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab found when carrots were presented as “X-ray Vision Carrots” instead of “Food of the Day” lunchroom intake more than doubled among elementary school children.
"This research suggests that schools have a low-cost or even no-cost solution to induce children to consume more nutritious foods," said lead study author, Brian Wansink, of Cornell's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in a press release. Researchers conducted a second study with two neighboring New York City suburban schools and saw vegetable sales increase by 99 percent in the school that offered “Power Punch Broccoli” and “Silly Dilly Green Beans” compared to unnamed vegetables.
Don't leave all the creativity to the lunch ladies--if your kid brown bags it, try one of these healthier takes on popular lunch staples to make cafeteria time fun:
- Crunchies Roasted Veggies: Corn, peas, carrots, tomatoes, and red peppers that have a slight sweetness. Kids will love how they snap when eaten.
- GoGo Squeeez: The squeezable, re-sealable pouch of applesauce is a lot more fun that sitting down with a bowl and spoon.
- Way Better Snacks: A Gluten-free, GMO-free chip children will fall in love with. Flavors include sweet chili and sweet potato.
—Jennifer Perry, Video Editor
Related: Sneaky Ways to Eat More Superfoods
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