Want to Be More Thoughtful, Less Boring? Add a Veggie

Moms who want extra incentive to add vegetables to the family dinner take note: It may make your family think you’re a more thoughtful and better cook, at least according to moms, suggests a new study.

The study, which used an online survey, also found that broccoli, green beans and carrots top the list for the vegetables most commonly served at family meals. Broccoli was the moms’ favorite vegetable and according to them, it’s also the favorite of the oldest child: Corn or broccoli is the vegetable of choice for the youngest.

There’s plenty of health reasons to include vegetables with the family meal – with reducing the risk for weight gain and later cancer risk among them – but this study suggests it may also improve how the family perceives the chef and the meal’s tastiness.

The study was published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Continue reading


Refrigerator Redo

A refrigerator make-over would be a great way to welcome spring and all the fresh, seasonal produce appearing in grocery stores and farmers markets. Leave winter behind and head to the nearest supermarket produce section.

Stock your fridge with antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains and take your crucial first step toward an energy-boosting, cancer-fighting diet.

AICR is ready to help you get started on your refrigerator redo with our Steps to a Healthy Fridge.   Try it out and let us know how you’re making changes. Send us your photos – before, after or ‘as is’ and we’ll post some here.

You can also tell us the most mysterious food item you’ve found in your fridge.

For inspiration – here’s a fun site with photos of refrigerators and their contents from all over the world.