How to Eat More Vegetables: Tip #6

We all know we should eat more vegetables. But how, how do we do that, really? What real-life tips and ideas work? How can we build our lives around the healthiest of all foods, vegetables? Every Saturday, the 'veggie evangelist' shares practical tips and ideas from her own experience, her readers and other bloggers.

FIRST, MORE ABOUT SMOOTHIES Last week's tips came from two readers who are serious about their smoothies. In an e-mail exchange afterward, Kathleen H from New Mexico explained why smoothies are so very important to her health. I've updated the post, How to Eat More Vegetables Tip #5.

AND NOW For this week's tip:

How to Eat More Vegetables

TIP #6
Make it a project. Make it do-able. Make it fun. Make vegetables your next project. How about trying a vegetable in a new way every single day for a month? (Hey! It worked for me, it was the genesis of A Veggie Venture back in 2005!) But trust me, that's also some ambitious, so instead, how about setting out to try one new vegetable a month, or one new recipe a week?

If eating more vegetables is a family project, think about your own version of a Great Big Vegetable Challenge, complete with a refrigerator chart that lists vegetables and their "goodness" and "yuckiness" ratings.

HOW ANOTHER MOM MAKES VEGETABLES FUN Suzy G is mother to three in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Here's how she gets her kids to eat more vegetables: "I take them to farm stands. Many farms will let the kids look around the actual farm a bit. The kids get to choose what we buy, with the agreement that they will at least try it. They have learned to love string beans (especially purple ones!), fresh-picked broccoli and purple potatoes. My son will now eat any 'lettuce' that he gets from the farm -- though he calls kale, swiss chard and spinach 'lettuce'. They've even enjoyed Brussels sprouts when they got to pick the stalk and break off the sprouts themselves. In the winter, we hit the indoor farmer's markets and they get to choose there, too!"

THANKS! Thank you to Suzy G for this great tip!

AND YOU? What about you, how do you make vegetables "fun"? Is there a "vegetable project" you've been thinking about? Share your experience and ideas in the comments!

TIP #7
Coming next week!

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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.