Posted at: 07/31/2012 9:47 AM

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Making Bitter Better!

The number one complaint I hear most often? My child doesn’t like veggies, but did you know there may be a valid reason for their resistance?  Jen Haugen, Registered Dietitian at Austin Hy-Vee will point out why that may be and ways to counteract it to get your kids to love veggies.
How can kids prevent cancer?  Eat more veggies!  
Eating a plant-based diet is a helpful way to help prevent cancer among people of all ages.  
Love Your Veggies
Did you know that 70% of kids are bitter-sensitive?  This means that nutrient-packed veggies like broccoli and cucumbers may give your child an unpleasant taste.  Discover how to combat this taste barrier and get your child to love his/her veggies.  
Dip into a New School Year
Consider some tasty and unique dip and dipper ideas to make veggie lovin’ fun and healthy.

Dip It! Recipes
Jen will prepare a dip recipe, perfect for accompanying veggies.

Fiesta Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip
Serves 4. Source: | Hy-Vee
All you need:
2 (6 oz each) containers Chobani plain non-fat Greek yogurt (about 1-1/3 cups)
¼ cup Hy-Vee light sour cream
 1 (1.1 oz) package Hidden Valley Ranch Fiesta Flavor
All you do:
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until well-blended. For best flavor, chill 1 hour before serving.
Daily nutritional values:
2% vitamin A
35% vitamin C
6% calcium
2% iron
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 20, Carbohydrate: 2g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Fat: 0 g, Protein: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Sodium: 260 mg, Sugar: 1g, Trans fats: 0g

Dipping Ideas
Ranched Up Hummus Dip:  Add ¼ cup your favorite light ranch dressing to your favorite jar of hummus.  Stir well and serve with mixed vegetables for dipping.
Fun Veggies:
•    Veggie Critter Snacks – build a butterfly on your plate with carrot chips, an asparagus spear, 4 black olive slices and low-fat ranch or light garden vegetable cream cheese.
•    Bagel Smiles – spread low-fat cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel and make a face out of vegetables including pepper slices, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cheese, and carrot shreds.
•    Kids Salad Art -

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Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.