Do you find it challenging to get your kids to eat green food (and no, green M&M’s don’t count!)

Raising kids to eat veggies doesn’t have to be full of angry standoffs. A recent study by the Journal of Preventative Medicine found that creativity can be a more effective approach. The study found that kids ate twice as many veggies when they were rebranded with a silly name. For instance, “Tasty Tree Tops” beat plain old “Broccoli” hands down.

One mom calls carrots “Cosmic Carrots” and another mom calls them “X-ray Vision Carrots.” A school renamed green beans to “Silly Dilly Green Beans” and found that doing so increased the number of students who ate the vegetable that day.

This is the principle behind a www.ViviLeDish.com, a wellness education site for parents, teachers, and caregivers of 3-8 year olds. The site features a cookbook and pantry full of ideas for rebranding healthy foods.

Today I’m giving away up to $25 worth of Vivi LeDish merchandise.

If you’d like to enter the random drawing, leave a comment below (if you’re reading this in email, click here to leave a comment) about a strategy or fun food name you use to help your family make healthy food choices!

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