Parents are often annoyed by all of the sugary cereals, “fruit” snacks, and candies marketed towards children that are packaged in colorful, eye-catching wrappers featuring their favorite TV characters. Adding a picture of Hannah Montana or a cartoon character seems to make these not-so-healthy treats even more desirable. However, it seems that gimmicks don’t just work on children when it comes to sweets, but when it comes to getting them to eat their vegetables, as well.
Researchers recently did a study on four-year-olds where the children were given plain ol’ carrots on some days and “X-ray vision carrots” on other days. On the days where the children were given the carrots that touted super powers, the children ate twice as many.
So you can only imagine how easy it would be to convince them to eat their vegetables if Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, and iCarly were plastered all over packages of baby carrots and cans of spinach. But since that will probably never happen, you can attempt to rename the vegetables yourself, and serve them on a plate or in a bowl featuring their favorite Disney, Nickelodeon, or cartoon stars to make an even more convincing argument. Here are a few of my ideas for vegetable names that will grab their attention:
Jonas Brothers Broccoli, or, for short, Jo Bro Broccoli – As an added bonus, you can compare the top of the broccoli to Nick Jonas’ wild hairdo.
iCarly cauliflower, or simply iCauliflower – you could go the extra mile here and make a short web video starring stalks of cauliflower performing silly stunts on their own web show, like drawing moustaches on carrot sticks while they sleep.
Hannah Montana Banana – I know this one is a fruit, but I couldn’t resist. You can even cover the peel with Hannah Montana stickers.
Spider Sense Spinach – Popeye is no longer popular, so instead of strength, convince your children that spinach will give them Spiderman’s super senses.
Peas in an iPod – This one was just too easy. Tell them the pea pod is an iPod and each individual pea represents a downloaded song.
Krabby Patty – Whip up some veggie burgers, but refer to them as krabby patties, call the lettuce kelp, the pickles sea cucumbers, and the mustard and ketchup jellyfish jelly, and watch your children gobble these up with no complaints.
Ben 10 Blend – Create a stir fry and let your child imagine that all the different vegetables are the different aliens that Ben can transform into.
Of course you can get creative and come up with your own vegetable variations, depending on what your children’s interests are. By getting creative, you’ll make vegetables more fun for everyone.