As a dietitian working with parents of young children, one of the most frequently asked questions is: "How to get my kids to eat their veggies?" Should you bribe them with dessert? Reward them with praise? Hide the veggies in other foods?
Watch the video below, or read on to find out!
To answer this question, I wanted to share a study that looked at whether kids ate more veggies if you rewarded them. This took place in Belgium and the researchers looked at 98 preschool aged children. they gave the kids a variety of veggies and found out the least-liked veggie was chicory (a really bitter tasting vegetable). So the authors used chicory as the study vegetable.
Twice a week, the preschool children were offered a bowl of steamed chicory. The kids were split them into three groups:
1) The first group was simply offered the vegetable.
2) The second group was offered the vegetable, along with the promise of a reward (a toy or a sticker) if they ate the chicory
3) The third...