Worthington Farmers Market: July 28

July 27, 2018

Three Scientific Reasons Your

Kids Don’t Love Their Veggies

An article submitted by friend and shopper of the Worthington Farmers Market, Maria Cannon

 

If your children aren’t in love with vegetables, you’re not alone. Children have a propensity to pass on the vegetable serving in the majority, if not all, of their meals. As it turns out, they’re not just being stubborn -- there’s some pretty compelling research that suggests why.


According to a study by the University of Pittsburgh’s Rose Gerber, kids don’t like vegetables for three scientific-based reasons. Let’s take a look at each and get some ideas to overcome them.

 

Reason #1


Kids unwittingly turn to foods that give them lots of fuel. And fuel most often comes in the form of sugar, the “body’s preferred fuel.” Since veggies aren’t high in calories, and because they contain so much fiber to digest, children gravitate toward foods that give them immediate energy boosts that last longer.

 

Solutions:
Add vegetables to your diet that are the highest energy boosters. Two good examples are spinach and sweet potatoes. Spinach is an iron-rich food that supplies oxygen to your tissues, and this means less fatigue. And sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate that not only gives you long-lasting energy, but it also reduces hunger between meals.

 

While you’re talking to your children about boosting their energy, also talk to them about ways to make their brain work better. Vegetables like kale, broccoli, and asparagus all have ingredients that naturally boost brain power.

 

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Reason #2


Vegetables are just plain bitter. Calcium, as well as other beneficials like flavonoids, isoflavones, terpenes, and glucosinolates, all combine to make things that don’t taste very good. And while adults adjust to it over time, kids haven’t had the time to get used to it.


Solutions:
A study in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that when you pair raw veggies with a familiar dip your child likes, such as hummus or ranch dip, your child will be more likely to eat it. Also, turn your veggies sweet by mastering some kid-friendly smoothies. Start with these simple steps.


1. Pick a non-dairy milk for a base. They make for the best consistency.
2. Add a ripe banana.
3. Add another fruit your child enjoys, like strawberries or blueberries.
4. Add a vegetable.
5. Consider an optional protein add-in.
6. Blend to ensure it has a creamy texture.
7. Serve it in something your child enjoys, whether it’s a frosted mug or a sundae dish with whipped cream and a cherry on top.


Reason #3


There’s this psychological factor thing called “paired associative learning,” where children seek foods that provide a specific response, such as a birthday cake or candy that’s associated with happy memories. For them, veggies probably don’t elicit much in the way of fun memories.


Solutions:
Time to pair veggies with a fun memory too. A good way to get started is by making a weekly or bi-weekly visit to your community farmers market to pick up eggs, honey, and some unusual vegetables they may not see at the supermarket. Here are some ways to make fun memories that your child will associate with the veggies they get there.


1. Let them carry a purse or wallet with their own cash for shopping.
2. Introduce them to the farmer’s that are selling their goods so they can build
relationships.
3. Try to find a unique vegetable to try each week. Then, go home and search online for fun recipes that they’ll enjoy cooking with their purchase.

4. Offer them a weekly reward for finding and eating their vegetables, such as local honey for a sweet treat or some hard candy that might be sold there.


Let them use their veggies for fun art before eating. Whether it’s a hat of lettuce or artwork from different colored veggies, give them the opportunity to be creative so they’re associating fun with their vegetables.


Once you’ve worked through these scientific roadblocks, you’ll need to find ways to keep consistent -- and this means repeating exposure. Whether it’s weekly trips to the market or regularly making veggie artwork, keep your child engaged in trying veggies. On average, it takes 10 to 15 times to really figure out you don’t like something, so make sure they give each veggie a chance.

 

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The Market Wellness Doctor's Weekly Health Tip

Visit the Market Wellness Doctor is space #75 outside of Dewey's Pizza

 

Lifestyle Matters. How we eat, move, sleep and manage stress has an enormous impact on health and longevity. 

 

Health Tip #7: Down Shift


Take time to relieve stress.


The Blue Zone longevity peoples have learned the importance of consistent daily time to be mindful of their God, family and nature. Taking time to reflect seems to result in a greater sense of well-being.

 

Slowing down seems to have a beneficial effect on reducing/preventing chronic inflammation. More and more studies are showing a connection between chronic inflammation and aging. Inflammation is a prominent physiologic component of many rapidly growing chronic diseases like Alzheimer's dementia, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and many more. (2)


One "Blue Zoner" who at 107 years old says, "Life is short. Don't run so fast you miss it." (1)

 

How can we slow down?

 

Studies are showing that consistent daily meditation reduces stress. Deep breathing associated with meditation results in decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Check out "Headspace .com" for a simple effective way to learn to meditate. (3)

 

Be well! See you at the market on Saturday!

 

Dr. Everett's Integrative Health, LLC. 


Please email me with your questions/comments at matttheweverett84@gmail.com. None of these statements should be construed as dispensing medical advice, making claims regarding the cure of diseases, prevention or cure of any disease state. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult your physician regarding any specific medical symptoms or conditions.


Sources: 
(1) The Blue Zones,Dan Buettner,Nat.Geo.Society 2008

 

(2) Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis James W. Anderson Chunxu Liu Richard J. KryscioAmerican Journal of Hypertension, Volume 21, Issue 3, 1 March 2008, Pages 310–316,https://doi.org/10.1038/ajh.2007.65

 

(3) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Zen Meditation for Depression, Anxiety, Pain, and Psychological Distress,MARCHAND, WILLIAM R. MDJournal of Psychiatric Practice: July 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 233–252doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000416014.53215.86, Articles

 

Our vendors for Saturday, July 28 include (in both alphabetical and numerical order):

 

1    J-POPS
2    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
3    Ohio Farm Direct
4    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
5    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
6    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
7    Sweet thing gourmet
8    Simple Times Mixers
9    Saum Farm
10    Curly Tail Organic Farm
11    Oakleaf  Farm
12    Oakleaf  Farm
12.5    Kombu Tea
13    Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers
14    Purple Sage Bakery
15    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
16    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
17    From My Garden
18    Weed Knob Acres
19    Raven Rocks Initiatives
19.5    Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops
20    Kingdom Fish
21    Rock Dove Farm
22    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
23    cottage garden
24    cottage garden
25    Branstool Orchards
25    Branstool Orchards
26    The Lemon King LLC
27    Growlers Dog Bones
28    Gillogly Orchard
29    Gillogly Orchard
31    Doran's Farm Market
32    Speckled Hen Farm
33    Speckled Hen Farm
34    Up the Lane Farm
35    Jorgensen Farms
36    Jorgensen Farms
37    Dan the Baker LLC
39    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
41    Pleiades Maple Products
42    JNA BREAD BAKERY
43    Native Cold Pressed
44    Sadie Baby Sweets
45    Hummavore
45    KALEZEES Kale Chips
46    Golden Life Dog Food, LLC
47    The Blueberry Patch
48    The crazy cucumber
49    VanScoy Farms
50    VanScoy Farms
52    Blue Jacket Dairy
53    Lucky Cat Bakery
54    North Country Charcuterie
54    darista cafe
55    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
56    Anderson Orchard
57    Honeyrun Farm
58    Tilley Farmstead
59    Tilley Farmstead
60    Cliff's Greenhouse and Garden Center
61    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
62    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
63    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
64    Batter and Bowl
65    Ohio Bison Farm
65    Stevens Family Bakery & Orchard
66    Toad Hill Farm
67    Wengers Produce
68    Wengers Produce
69    Baileys Drive Inn Donuts
70    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
71    SaraBee Pure Honey
72    Tiger Mushroom Farms
73    jC's Sweet Ice Tea, LLC
74    Charqui Jerky Co.
76    Ohio City Pasta
77    Stonefield Naturals
78    Somerset Herbs LLC
79    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
80    Rhoads Farm Inc
81    Rhoads Farm Inc
82    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
83    Flower Child Granola
84    Franklinton Farms
85    Mayhem Foods LLC
86    Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce
87    My Iced Cookie
88    9N FARM
89    Miam
90    Get Elevated
91    Glenn Ave Soap Company
92    Lulu & Max
94    Ramble Coffee
 

 

88    9N FARM
63    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
61    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
56    Anderson Orchard
69    Baileys Drive Inn Donuts
64    Batter and Bowl
52    Blue Jacket Dairy
25    Branstool Orchards
25    Branstool Orchards
22    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
74    Charqui Jerky Co.
39    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
86    Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce
60    Cliff's Greenhouse and Garden Center
23    cottage garden
24    cottage garden
10    Curly Tail Organic Farm
37    Dan the Baker LLC
6    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
54    darista cafe
31    Doran's Farm Market
55    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
13    Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers
83    Flower Child Granola
84    Franklinton Farms
17    From My Garden
90    Get Elevated
28    Gillogly Orchard
29    Gillogly Orchard
91    Glenn Ave Soap Company
46    Golden Life Dog Food, LLC
27    Growlers Dog Bones
57    Honeyrun Farm
45    Hummavore
73    jC's Sweet Ice Tea, LLC
42    JNA BREAD BAKERY
35    Jorgensen Farms
36    Jorgensen Farms
1    J-POPS
45    KALEZEES Kale Chips
20    Kingdom Fish
12.5    Kombu Tea
53    Lucky Cat Bakery
92    Lulu & Max
85    Mayhem Foods LLC
89    Miam
62    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
87    My Iced Cookie
43    Native Cold Pressed
54    North Country Charcuterie
11    Oakleaf  Farm
12    Oakleaf  Farm
65    Ohio Bison Farm
76    Ohio City Pasta
3    Ohio Farm Direct
2    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
41    Pleiades Maple Products
14    Purple Sage Bakery
94    Ramble Coffee
19    Raven Rocks Initiatives
80    Rhoads Farm Inc
81    Rhoads Farm Inc
19.5    Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops
21    Rock Dove Farm
44    Sadie Baby Sweets
71    SaraBee Pure Honey
9    Saum Farm
79    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
8    Simple Times Mixers
70    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
78    Somerset Herbs LLC
32    Speckled Hen Farm
33    Speckled Hen Farm
82    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
65    Stevens Family Bakery & Orchard
77    Stonefield Naturals
7    Sweet thing gourmet
47    The Blueberry Patch
48    The crazy cucumber
26    The Lemon King LLC
72    Tiger Mushroom Farms
58    Tilley Farmstead
59    Tilley Farmstead
66    Toad Hill Farm
34    Up the Lane Farm
49    VanScoy Farms
50    VanScoy Farms
18    Weed Knob Acres
67    Wengers Produce
68    Wengers Produce
4    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
5    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
15    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
16    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
 

Click here to view our interactive market map.

 

MARKET FIT: Yoga at the Market with Native Cold Pressed at 8 AM

 

Our Community Table: Son of an Immigrant

 

Our Musical Entertainment: Chris Bullwinkle

 

NOW OPEN UNTIL 1 PM! Join us this, and every Saturday from 8:00 AM til 1:00 PM in Old Worthington.

 

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at worthingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com

 

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of the Old Worthington Partnership.

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