As many parents know, it can be a challenge to get kids to eat their vegetables and fruits. We thought it might be smart to share some produce wisdom with our Van’s fans.
First, try to prep your veggies right after you buy them. Hungry kids aren’t a terribly patient bunch, and for many of the families we know, even the 30-seconds it takes to wash and chop celery and fill it with peanut butter has been known to induce whining – and a trip to root through the pantry.
Second, save yourself some time – and encourage healthy snacking – by washing fruit while you’re prepping veggies. Then keep them on the counter or fridge where they’ll be in prime line of sight for hungry snack seekers.
One last tip? This oldie-but-goodie
from NPR on veggie washing. The team at Cooks Illustrated did a little experiment about four years ago, comparing methods of cleaning apples and peas to see which was most effective at cleaning produce. The verdict? A DIY mixture of vinegar and water worked better than any other technique. Just mix up a batch (one part vinegar to three parts water), spray on your produce and rinse, and you should be good to go.