Children who played a serious online video game designed to be entertaining but also promote behavior changes ate more vegetables at dinner and more fruit for breakfast, lunch and snacks. The study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found 79% of 400 grade-school students who played the game met all goals during the game.
Parents should set a good example and keep portions small to entice preschool children to eat more fruits and vegetables, registered dietitian Aimee Zipkin writes. She tells parents to buy colorful fruits and veggies, to use cookie cutters to create fun shapes, to offer different types as snacks, and to add fruits and veggies to prepared dishes.
The beet has had to shed a rough reputation for tasting like metal and dirt to reach its current culinary status, where almost every hip bistro has at least some form of beet-and-goat-cheese salad. To enjoy the underrated vegetable, avoid the canned version at all costs, and grill, roast, boil or even microwave your way to a sweet, crunchy salad topping, a cheery summer soup or healthy smoothie.
Vanderbilt University research tied higher consumption of fruits and vegetables to a 15% reduction in the risk of death during the study period, especially for those who ate broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. The data from the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition support increased intake to promote cardiovascular health and longevity, although those who eat more fruits and vegetables may already have healthier lifestyles.
Most U.S. adults and children eat less than 2 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, compared with the 4 to 6 cups recommended by dietary guidelines, according to a report. Only 3% of all fruits and 15% of vegetables are consumed at restaurants, the report found.