I read a great article today in NY Daily
News about getting kids to eat more vegetables by serving water at mealtime
instead of sugary beverages and juices. Kids and adults associate sweet drinks
with salty foods like french fries. FACT! When I have a soda urge a few times a
year, I want a cheeseburger.
I’ve always served my
girls water with meals and they love vegetables however, I’m not sure if it is
because of the water or because I’ve always served veggies to them starting
from the time they were infants. I believe that if you give your babies a
variety of vegetables, they’ll grow up loving them. Hey, it’s up to us to make
them acquire tastes so they might as well be stuff that’s good for them. I have
a cousin who refused to give her kids vegetables because she herself
hates them. Her kids are sick all the time. If the wind blows too hard, they
catch a cold, if someone 7 houses down has the flu, they all get it. Their diet
consists of fast food mostly, no vegetables and hardly any fruit unless it’s
soaked in sugar. Anyway, I digress.
The article explained
how their research study showed that serving water with every meal could be a
super effective and easy dietary change that combats childhood obesity as well
as reduces dehydration. Also, drinking 16 oz. of water before meals reduced the
study participants caloric intake by 75 to 90 calories. I can vouch for this. I
do this before most meals.