Veggie Blues

Even dinner can be fun, too? You bet! Introducing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from a young age can help children develop healthy eating habits that will last for a lifetime. Parents can keep meal-time enjoyable by making fruit faces or a forest of broccoli “baby trees.” Older children usually love to pick out new fruits and vegetables from all around the world at the supermarket. Have they ever tried pomegranates? Tomatillos? Maybe they don't hate vegetables—maybe they just hate canned peas! Still can't seem to get them to eat their veggies? Try putting a small plate of bite-sized vegetables or fruits on the table while you fix dinner and the kids are all starving. It's amazing how many baby carrots will disappear!

 

The Veggie Song
2008 Alison Moulton, Valerie Christensen, and Amy Lacey
 
I was sittin’ at the table
Just pokin’ at my plate
Wishin’ that my veggies
Could change to chocolate cake
(Yea) Then I saw something
That chilled me to the bone—
My asparagus started singin’
Into a microphone

And he said…

Chorus:
Hey, kid, you better be careful
The way that you’re pokin’ at me
Don’t you know that I’m the one
Who keeps you strong and healthy
‘Cause when you get your body fueled
With fruits and veggies, too,
You’re gonna have the strength to do
The things you wanna do (Yeah…)

I looked around the table
But no one else could see
This crazy little number
Sung to only me.
(Then) Asparagus boogied over
Said, “with the food you ate
You’ll even have the power
To put away your plate.”

And he said…

[Chorus]

I finally got the message and Asparagus was gone
I’ll ditch the sweets and choose a peach,
Eat healthy from now on
So pass me some tomatoes
Or toss an apple, please
Don’t forget the broccoli
How I love those baby trees!

Remember:

[Chorus]