Smiling mother and daughter in front of produce section

A study at Penn State has shown that children will eat more vegetables during a meal if they are given them as a first course without any other food. Children who were given only carrots to eat as a first course ended up eating more broccoli that was part of their lunch in proportion to their carrot intake. If given 30 grams of carrots, the broccoli intake rose 50% more than if they had no carrots. When the carrots offered rose to 60 grams, broccoli intake tripled.

Give children veggies to snack on while you’re still making dinner. They’re hungry, so they’ll eat what’s there. The more veggies they snack on, the more veggies they may eat during the main meal.