8.04.2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

News Feature: How to entice kids to eat veggies

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Do your kids hate eating vegetables?

Vegetables are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fibers.

Vegetables are very nutritious since they contain good amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin B complex.

These vitamins protect the eyesight, keep the skin smooth and clean, prevent the occurrence of bleeding gums and easily- bruised skin, and increase the body’s resistance against infection.

Encouraging kids to eat a variety of foods especially fruits and vegetables can be easy by following these simple tips:

Be artistic. Make dishes enticing. Colorful foods presented in different shapes are more appealing to kids.

If the kid dislikes veggies, serve them at the early part of the meal when he or she is hungriest.

Cut veggies into bite-size pieces and combine with the child’s favorite food.

Hide grated vegetables in foods that they love to eat such as pastas, rice dishes, muffins and bread.

Remember the 3rd message of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) says “Eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for regulation of body processes”.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City,  Metro Manila, Tel./Fax: 8372934, 8373164; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph, email:mar_v_c@yahoo.com, mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph; FNRI Facebook page: facebook.com/FNRI-DOST; FNRI Twitter account: twitter.com/FNRI-DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)