Getting kids to eat fresh produce
can be a challenge, but we’ve got a plan!
When it comes to serving kids, we know a thing or two. We know that color and variety appeal to children, and we know that kids love (and obsess over) ranch dressing. Using these principals, some cafeterias in Pittsburgh have started serving “Vertical Veggies” during lunch. A small amount of ranch dressing is scooped into a plastic cup, and long slices of fresh produce are stood up vertically (get it?) in the cup on top of the ranch. Serving produce in this manor does several things.
- The color of the veggie cups attracts kids and encourages them to give it a try!
- The variety of veggies in the cup allows kids to try something they may not usually take.
- The addition of ranch in the bottom prevents kids from taking multiple ranch cups and racking up the calories of their meal.
Remember, it’s not nutrition unless it’s eaten!