Ah, it’s one of the great mysteries of all time—how to get kids to eat their veggies. You know vegetables are vitamin-packed, healthy and filled with all kinds of goodness. But your kiddo just doesn’t care. So how can you negotiate your preschooler’s pickiness with what’s actually good for them? Well, it looks like science has an answer!

Recent research, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, may have found a way to help your tot choose veggies. So what’s the magic fix that science may have found?

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To start with, it’s not exactly a magic fix. It’s more of a smart tactic to increase the likelihood that your kiddo will eat what they need. In the study, researchers gave preschoolers segmented plates. Okay, so most parents already know that divided plates make eating easier for picky kids who don’t want their carrots to touch their beloved cookies. But these plates were different.

Instead of just using plain plates, the researchers also tried out segmented plates with pictures of foods on them. When the children were given the picture plates, they served themselves almost 14 grams more of veggies. If these 14 grams, they ate 7.5. And that’s 7.5 grams more of veggies than they would have otherwise.

While the extra veggies that the preschoolers in the study ate didn’t equal a full portion, it’s still a major step in the right direction.

So how can this research help you and your child? If your littles aren’t into anything green (or orange, yellow or any other color that vegetables come in), try out a picture plate, like these from Health Beet. The results might just surprise you!

—Erica Loop

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