Serve the veggies crunchy! A new study done on children aged 4-12 found that of all the different ways carrots and beans can be cooked – mashed, deep-fried, broiled, grilled, stir-fried, and steamed, the children preferred the steamed veggies. This is because steamed carrots and beans retained their retained their original taste, color and crunchiness! Texture plays such an important role in whether a child is going to eat something or not, so if crunchy is a preference then perhaps veggies should initially be served as crunchy as possible so the children develop a taste for the vegetable.
On another note, I went grocery shopping with Simone earlier today and when we were in the veggie section, she said Mommy get me some Broccoli! Ah! Music to every mom’s ears! I am definitely going to make it crunchy so she eats it. Will post the recipe.