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Want To Trick Your Picky Kids Into Eating Veggies? Try Wind Chimes.

You've tried everything to get your picky eaters to eat more vegetables. You've coaxed them, bribed them, even buried the broccoli under butter and cheese sauce — yet nothing works! Are you finally at your wit's end? Here's the one thing you haven't tried:

Food Science

To get your kids to eat more greens, use wind chimes. It may sound odd, but there's scientific evidence that shows that this technique may actually work.

Charles Spence, professor of cognitive psychology at Oxford University, has found a link between chirpy sounds and our palates. Hearing high-pitched music actually brings out the sweet taste of the vegetables, making them more appealing to children.

The problem is that we humans are more inclined to like sweet things. Vegetables, with their bitterness and odd textures, can take some getting used to (especially for kids!). If wind chimes will make it easier for their young tastebuds, why not give them a try?

In the long run, offering money or other rewards to your kids probably won't build their appreciation for healthy foods. Kids learn by watching adults, so take the time to eat with them so they can watch you eat veggies yourself. Your family meals will go from an ongoing struggle to a time to bond — just as they should be.

 

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VIDEO: Chicken Quesadillas

These quick and easy chicken quesadillas are the perfect, last-minute family dinner!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of Mexican spice mix
  • 4 Tortillas
  • Cheddar
  • Salt, to taste

METHOD:

  1. Put shredded chicken breast, tomato sauce, chives, and mexican spice mix in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Lay out the tortillas. Place a slice of cheddar in the center, and cover with the chicken mix.
  3. Fold up tortillas, and heat in a frying pan until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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