A new study, just released, indicates that children do like fruits and vegetables! This is based on a survey of 100 children in several California regions. (to read the study, click here)
I appreciate and welcome all positive information to help us parents change our own mindset that "kids just don't like fruits and vegetables" But, hey, I "feel Ya"! Your probably thinking if my kids liked fruits and vegetables , I would happily serve them. We don't need a study to tell us if our kids will or will not eat healthier foods. We already know.
But did you know that you may be adding to their little "attitudes about healthy and not so healthy foods. They listen and hear a great deal more than we realize. You may not have realized that when you were walking in the grocery store, and passed over this vegetable or that vegetable that you may have been sending them a message "don't want to eat that"or maybe you flat out told your child, "hey if you be good, you can have cookies when you come home!" sending them the message "cookies are fun and good, be good and feel good with a cookie"
My point is that we parents are a walking bulletin board, a flashing neon sign, a attention grabbing advertisement about food to our children. We do have the power to make healthy foods seem more delicious just by our own interaction with them. Yes, those little ears are alert and forming associations about different foods everyday just by watching you. No pressure. But the first step to a healthier child may be evaluating our own lifestyle choices, attitudes and associations that we have with food. Think about it.