For time:
10 box jumps, 42-inch box
10 bar muscle-ups
20 kettlebell snatches, 1.5 pood
20 one-legged squats, alternating
30 toes-to-bars
30 overhead squats, 75-lb. barbell
40 GHD sit-ups
40 medicine-ball cleans, 20-lb. ball
50 burpees
50 triple-unders

This pretty much describes my view toward vegetables as a kid.

This pretty much describes my view toward vegetables as a kid.

Want your kids to eat more vegetables? A recent study at Texas A&M found a surprisingly simple answer to that question – make the foods served with it less desirable.

“Researchers at Texas A&M University, looking for patterns in food consumption among elementary school children, found an interesting quirk about when and why kids choose to eat their vegetables. After analyzing plate waste data from nearly 8,500 students, it seems there’s at least one variable that tends to affect whether kids eat their broccoli, spinach or green beans more than anything: what else is on the plate.”

Researchers found that when vegetables were served with highly sought after kid foods – like chicken nuggets – vegetable consumption went down, but when foods like deli sliders were served – vegetable consumption went up.

Now I know what you’re saying – yea but I would never serve my kid deli sliders in the first place! Agreed.

This past weekend Eric and I tried this experiment on our own kid. Even in her (mostly) Paleo world, there are highly desirable foods – such as sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, sausage, cashew butter, and Paleo pancakes. When those foods are on the plate, nothing else gets eaten.

This weekend we gave her just one food (and not a food at the top of her list) on her plate for each snack and low and behold – she ate the entire plate of food (turkey and shredded chicken). She even asked for more.

Next, we paired turkey with broccoli and she ate both foods in their entirety. Normally we would pair those foods with sweet potato or a squash and she would not touch the turkey or broccoli unless asked to.

This example can also apply to our own adult kitchens. We’re willing to bet that when we take out the snacks, treats, and non-Paleo foods from our cupboards that total vegetable consumption goes up!