6 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables
November 17, 2016

Parents can have a hard time convincing their kids to eat vegetables. The nutrient rich, colorful veggies on the plate seem to be the least attractive ones to many children. Vegetables have numerous benefits for the mind and body. To help maintain a healthy lifestyle children, parents should work on getting their kids eat more vegetables. Scientific research studies have been carried out on this subject of getting kids excited about eating vegetables.
Below are 5 ways that will help parents incorporate vegetables into their kids’ diets. Remember that children are very picky eaters and take time to recognize flavors. So be patient and use these tips, which are proven to help your child become a healthy adult in the years to come:

1. Food should be fun:

Kids are often attracted by shapes and new designs on the plate. This can be a very important trick in incorporating vegetables into your child’s meal (e.g. you can cut out different broccoli shapes for your kid). Similarly, you can cut cabbage as a flower or try new shapes with a cucumber. Creating fun on your child’s plate will increase his chances of eating and liking vegetables.

2. Plant vegetables and shop for vegetables with children:

A kitchen garden is a great place to initiate vegetable liking among your children. You can plan some activities on weekends and get your kids into the garden to sow vegetable seeds. Getting them involved in growing veggies will make them anxious to see them, water them and eat them. This activity will give them awareness about the nutrients vegetables contain and the reason why you ask them to eat them more often. 

Also, you should bring your kids along while shopping for vegetables. Ask them to pick their favorite ones from the stall. Make some easy vegetable recipes with your children in the kitchen – they will definitely enjoy this!

3. The “one-bite” rule:

If your child refuses to eat a vegetable, you should expose him/her to this vegetable at least 8-10 times more. You should try the “one-bite” rule here. Ask your child to try it at least once. After repeatedly seeing the vegetable, the child will develop a familiarity with it and ultimately may enjoy the flavor.

4. Mix up Flavors:

Mixing up different flavors like garlic and butter with vegetables will make them more appealing to children. You should mix the flavors with something that your child likes e.g. you can serve chicken along with boiled vegetables with some pepper or herbs on them or you can add a salad leaf in a sandwich. Your children will get the intake and sometimes won’t even notice the veggies.

5.  Veggies as a Snack

Still having trouble getting your kids to try veggies? Have them try Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips, Broccoli Bites, Beet Chips, or Roasted Kale.  Kids will feel like they are eating chips but really you’re sneaking in some terrific nutrient dense veggies!

6. Be an example:

Lastly, your eating patterns are the biggest example for your children. If you are constantly asking them to eat veggies but not eating them yourself, you will not motivate your kids! However, if kids assume veggies are part of all meals since you are eating them too, they won’t know any different!  Lead by example!

Author Bio:

This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com

6 Superfoods’ Rise to Culinary Celebrity
November 8, 2016

By Contributing Writer and Rhythm Superfoods Fan Lauren Wolman. You can follow her at PeanutButterIsMyBoyfriend.com and on Instagram @peanutbutterismyboyfriendblog!

 

We know that superfoods are, well, super, because of their next-level nutritional stats. But the protein content of Greek yogurt and the antioxidants in acai alone aren’t enough to catapult these health foods to mainstream fame.

So how exactly did difficult to pronounce foods like quinoa and chia become trendy terms on every restaurant’s menu and everyone’s shopping lists?

Here’s the story of six superfoods’ rise to culinary celebrity!

 

Kale

Kale is kalin’ it. “Kale Salad” is synonymous with healthy, delicious and trendy. But how did kale surpass spinach, chard and other nutritious leafy greens in popularity?

What started as a strange-looking garnish is now widely regarded for its high fiber, magnesium and folate contents.

In 1996, a poem dedicated to kale was published in the LA Times. After that, a slew of media “hits” by kale slowly introduced it to general public. This included a recipe by Martha Stewart, Whole Living dubbing it a “powerfood,” Gwyneth Paltrow making kale chips on Ellen, and in 2012 Bon Appetit named it “the year of kale.”

A fascinating article by Eve Turow of mindbodygreen traces kale’s rise in popularity to Oberon Sinclair – a PR professional who was dedicated to growing the green stuff’s reputation – going as far as creating the fake “American Kale Association.”

The stats are impressive. Kale sales jumped 50 percent in just 4 years! What a world we live in where we can eat kale brownies, kale ice cream and of course, kale chips.

 

Greek Yogurt

Just a few short years ago, Greek yogurt wasn’t exactly a highly-regarded dairy dish. Greek yogurt was seen as the chalky, chunky, thicker cousin of typical yogurt and people weren’t singing its praises.

But things started to change around 2007 when a popular Greek yogurt brand hit grocery store shelves.

It’s thought that Greek yogurt first grew in popularity thanks to upper middle class women who thought that it was “purer” and “simpler” than regular yogurts – plus its exotic connection to Greece was appealing. Greek yogurt, the more expensive type of yogurt, was in some ways seen as a status symbol.

Now, Greek yogurts are the Greek Gods of ‘Gurt – sales have skyrocketed as people point to its higher protein content and more filling nature.
According to The Atlantic, in 2006, Greek yogurt was a $60 million industry in the United States. By 2011, it had become a $1.5 billion business.

 

Quinoa

Maybe you, too, mispronounced quinoa for a good long while before figuring out this protein-packed grains true name.

Quinoa hits a trifecta of health benefits that has helped it become a mainstream whole-grain.

1. Quinoa is gluten free. For a few years now, sales of gluten free foods have been surging due to increased awareness about Celiac’s disease as well as the (widely debated) potential health benefits of a gluten-free diet.
2. Quinoa is a nutritionally dense “superfood.”
3. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids.

Quinoa first started making its way into people’s vocabulary as far back as 1913 when The New York Times named it one of 400 “charming botanical strangers” that would be introduced to the US by the Department of Agriculture.

For a while, it remained hidden on health food store shelves. But in 2008, Oprah Winfrey ate quinoa as part of a 21-day cleanse. Around the same time, more mainstream stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods began to carry quinoa.

As quinoa imports began to rise, the United Nations decreed 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa.”

 

Chia

How did chia go from sprouting in ceramic-character-shaped-containers for children to being a health-food staple?

An interesting case study from American Marketing Association looks at how this super-seed went “from pets to protein powder.”

Marketing played a large role in making the public aware of chia seeds’ many nutritional benefits. They’re full of fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous, manganese and omega-3 fatty acids.

Joseph Enterprises first made chia seeds popular as the hair in head-shaped planters. The Chia Pet launched over 35 years ago but now, Joseph Enterprises also sells raw chia seeds as a health supplement.

A huge boost to the visibility of chia was the publishing of the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall in 2009. The book explains that chia seeds were used by Mayans and Aztecs as a snack that sustains energy.

 

Another huge win for chia was the creation of products that appealed to those consumers who were interested in chia, but didn’t purchase the raw seeds because they weren’t sure how to use them. Pre-packaged chia pudding, bottled chia beverages, chia granolas and more ready-to-eat products make chia easily accessible to the masses.

 

Acai

Acai berries are vibrant little guys hailing from Brazil. The Global Healing Center lists 12 major health benefits of acai berries – among them, heart health, skin health, immune boosting, and improved mental function.

The “acai bowl” trend started in places like Hawaii and California, where acai berries were used as a smoothie-like base and topped with granola, fruit and other toppings to create highly-Instagrammable breakfasts.

But there’s more to the story if you do some digging. How did acai bowls get from Brazil to the US? According to an in-depth article by The New Yorker, it was all thanks to two brothers, Ryan and Jeremy Black and their friend, Edmund Nichols, who first experienced an acai bowl on a trip to Brazil and vowed to bring the trend to the States. They went on to become the founders of Sambazon – which now produces a variety of acai products.

It wasn’t easy to introduce a difficult-to-pronounce berry from the Amazon jungle into the food-vocabulary of always suspicious consumers – but after being featured in the best-seller “The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps” and a spot on Oprah, the Black brothers were in business and soon Sambazon was being featured in People magazine.

 

Beets

Who would have thought that beets – a bulbous root – would become so popular? But here we are, with beet references abounding in popular culture. Who remembers the cartoon Doug and the rock band, “The Beets” performing “Killer Tofu?” And who doesn’t know that Dwight Shrute from The Office is a beet farmer? A trendy tee shirt reads, “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe.”  

And according to an article from The Daily Meal, beets were the hippest food of 2016.

Low in calories, sodium and fat, beets are high in nutrients like folate, manganese and betaine.
And as Rhythm Superfoods knows – beets make great chips! It’s the newest snack in their line-up of famous superfood snacks!

Sources About Kale:

http://articles.latimes.com/1996-11-29/food/fo-4121_1_kale-olive-oil-vegetables
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22984/the-strange-mystery-of-who-made-kale-famous-and-why.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/kale-brownies-recipe_n_6041578.html 



http://www.purewow.com/food/Kale-Ice-Cream-Is-Officially-a-Thing-in-NYC

http://rhythmsuperfoods.com/our-snacks/kale-chips/

Sources About Greek Yogurt:
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/08/how-did-greek-yogurt-get-so-popular/244025/

Sources About Quinoa:

http://www.fao.org/quinoa-2013/press-room/news/detail/en/

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/a-trendy-food-now-kosher-for-passover/?_r=0

Sources About Chia:


https://www.ama.org/publications/marketingnews/pages/chia.aspx
http://www.mammachia.com/our-products/

Sources About Acai:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-acai/
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/30/strange-fruit-john-colapinto

Sources About Beets:

http://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/beets-hippest-food-2016-12-trendy-ways-consume-them