Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Veggies with Cartoons on the Labels

It's not always easy to get little ones to eat their veggies. But the odds of them taking a few bites are greatly increased if a cartoon character's face is plastered across the label. Once in the grocery story, my son was begging me to buy a bag of baby bananas because Lightning McQueen and Mater's pictures were on it. I said no a few times, because they were a little more expensive than regular bananas. Then I stopped and listened to myself telling my son we weren't going to buy bananas. There are plenty of "no's" to be dealt out when perusing the grocery store with your kids, but one of these probably shouldn't be used on bananas.

We Mamas aren't above using tricks on our kids--especially if it gets them to eat healthy things. So, Disney, I'd actually like to thank you for the endorsements. And, Popeye, you've been at this a long time. Kudos to you for being strong to the finach!

Do I wish kids would just eat good things without resorting to bribery? Sure. But am I going to boycott healthy foods my kids request just because of a cartooned cameo on the package? Nope.

I yam what I yam.

Question for you: Do you buy Disney food? And do your kids eat it?


Kris_Merianne said...

I don't think I've ever actually seen Disney food. But a package full of vegetables sure beats a Lunchable!

Christy Bullock said...

I have not tried these yet, but I'm sure it's worth a try to get Mr. Tucker to eat some vegetables!!! I did get him to try "spaghetti" one time by using Mickey Mouse shaped pasta!

jayna lea said...

this is so true. i saw a documentary once where very young kids actually picked a rock with thier fav characters on it over a plain chocolate cupcake.
glad to see some of the veggie companies are finally getting the hint and advertising as hard as the junk food ones are.