Making Veggies fun to eat – a Veggiecation Giveaway!

UPDATE! Congrats to our giveaway winner – #24 Selmada!

At long last!

A tool to help mom and dad get vegetables down the hatch!

Every parent has read picky eater articles and tried new vegetable recipes, but those two tools alone aren’t always enough to move the vegetables you buy and cook from the plate to the bellies of your kids. My friend Jenna who writes the terrific Food with Kid Appeal turned me on to Veggiecation – a nutrition education program that introduces young children to the delicious and nutritious world of vegetables.

I’m really impressed with Veggiecation,  and I’m delighted to be able to sponsor a GIVEAWAY for the Veggiecation At-Home set, as well as a discount coupon code (see below).

Veggies Down the Hatch toolkit includes the following items: (Enter to win below!)

  • Audio CD with Veggiecation theme song and dance. The Veggiecation song and dance video is a great way to burn off energy on a rainy day and get a positive vegetable consumption message across at the same time.  Listen to a catchy theme song and watch as two instructors take your kids through the dance moves so they can learn the choreography.  Repeat daily until moves are smooth and veggies are going down the hatch!
  • Recipe book including 36 vegetable recipes with kid appeal.  Featuring tasty ways to eat kale, like in a smoothie, and butternut squash roasted with cinnamon, this recipe book will give you new ideas to make veggies appealing to your youngest eaters.  The USDA’s made a new recommendation to “make half your plate fruits and vegetables”.  Problem is, a lot of veggies on the plate, don’t go down the hatch.  Once you master some vegetable recipes that appeal to your family, you’ll be ready for the next step of the program:  helping kids eat the veggies you serve regularly.
  • I tried it Stickers – Kids respond well to positive reinforcement.  When they know that mom and dad expect them to be good eaters, and that you believe they are capable of learning to eat nourishing food, the results will follow.  After your child tastes a new ingredient or recipe, give them one of the “I tried it!” stickers. Not only do kids proudly get to wear their sticker throughout the day, but each time someone sees the sticker and asks about it, your child gets a chance to brag about their veggie eating prowess. When kids are publicly recognized for their accomplishment, it increases the likelihood that they will taste and accept new foods in the future, even when the reward is no longer there.  With regular vegetable eating practice, children will eventually self identify with the label “good,” “healthy,” or “adventurous” eater.  Studies show that interventions like tastings increase fruit and vegetable consumption.

Be sure to give your child a voice on how the vegetable tasted.  The goal of veggie tasting shouldn’t be to “love every vegetable ever tasted.”  The goal is to taste, and decide.  Did your child love it, like it, not like it or ?? –did not taste it.  Don’t despair if the result was “not like it.”   There are multiple recipes for each vegetable featured in the recipe guide.  Let your child know it’s possible there is another recipe for the vegetable they will find more appealing.

  • Two Activity Books – A go-bag in the car to occupy kids at restaurants and dr. office visits can be a sanity saver for parents. Perfect for go-bags, the Veggiecation activity book includes cross word puzzles, word searches, counting activities and color pages. The activity books are great for ages 4-10. Who knows, maybe you’ll get your grade-schooler interested in a salad to go with their kids meal the next time you eat out. Better yet, let them pick something off the main menu to share with you and ask your waiter what the “seasonal veggie” side item is. Most restaurants serve seasonal vegetables on request.  Best pack some of those I Tried It stickers in the go-bag too!

Click HERE for more information on the Veggiecation in-school, home-school, camp, and afterschool programs.

The Giveaway!

Wanna Win your own Veggiecation At-Home set?  Here’s how to enter:

Please leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:

What causes your kids to reject vegetables? (e.g.  appearance, taste, texture, recipe, other)

Contest ends 5/10 at midnight PST. One winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comments. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only.

The COUPON Code

Can’t wait to see if you’ve won? Purchase today and take 15% off your order using the coupon code EasyLunchboxes15.  It can be entered into the “Notes” field in the shopping cart page. Coupon expires May 31, 2011, at midnight, EST.