Watch this Video: I Like Vegetables!

It is “back to school time”, and I’m sure that you are as busy as I am!  So this month’s Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange is gonna be really short.  Here’s what I’m going to address:  Are you struggling with getting vegetables into your kids’ lunch boxes and snacks?  Are you striving for the “Five a Day” (or more, says the new research—and the ratio of veggies to fruit should be in favor of veggies), yet the kids always gravitate towards the fruit?  Well, it’s time to make vegetables COOL.  Grab your kids and together watch this hilarious and fun video by Parry Gripp.  It just might make your day in only a minute and a half!

That’s it for the month! Have a great one!


PS.  If you feel gipped by only getting this short monthly newsletter this month, I DO have some additional information that you can check out from past monthly newsletters.  But before I share these links with you, I must remind you that I’m the product of a scientist father and an artist mother (hello, yin and yang!).  My father teaches me to study a topic from every angle — don’t just jump on board with an idea before you debate both sides.  My mother taught me the same thing about looking at artwork — don’t just look at a piece one way and make your decision.  View from all angles.

So, with that caveat, I will dig up some old monthly newsletters with some “debatable” angles related to Liking Your Vegetables!

What’s the Best Produce for Your Family?  Yes, I’m a locavore, but I don’t happen to live in an area that is dumping chemicals all over the local food.  In fact, farmers near the valley where I live are extremely conscious and aware of their role in being stewards of Mother Earth.  Check out the farms near you, and please form your own opinion.  I just went to Ballard Farms this week (dairy, not produce). It was an awesome experience, and the farmers are happy to talk to you if their farm is a high quality operation!

GMOs.  I got a lot of flack for this article, because I didn’t just shout out and say, “run for the hills!”.  I tried to look at multiple angles.  But the more I learn, the more I do run away from these products that just aren’t tested sufficiently for human consumption.

Eat a Rainbow. There is nothing debatable about this… just do it (with high quality produce)!

Edible Art.  Also nothing debatable here.  It is pure fun to make food into art!  Your kids will be jammin’ to “I like vegetables!” with their “smiling food face”!


  1. Kathryn - HKIE says:

    Why we need to make veggies cool!:

    The August 5th issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes trends in the contributions of fruits and vegetables to the diets of children aged 2-18 years from 2003 to 2010.

    Total fruit intake among children increased from seven percent because of significant increases in whole fruit intake. Over this period, fruit juice intake decreased by nine percent. That’s the good news.

    The bad news is that total vegetable intake did not change. No socio-demographic group met the Healthy People 2020 target for vegetables, and only children aged 2-5 years met the target for fruits.

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