Encourage Healthy Eating Habits (Family Features) O f the many challenges parents face daily, encourag- ing healthy eating habits for their children can be one of the most vexing. While the consumption of nutritious foods like vegetables is good for kids while they’re young, it can also serve an important role in encouraging life- long healthy habits. One strategy for achieving that goal is to pair familiar foods with vegetables and prepare them in interesting ways. This tactic – pairing foods kids already enjoy with the foods you want them t o start eating willingly – is called “associative conditioning,” and can help encourage children to try the new food, according to research conducted by Elizabeth Capaldi- Phillips and Devina Wadhera and published in the “Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.” For example, prepared beef products like hot dogs, deli roast beef, salami and summer sausage provide sources of nu- trients like protein, zinc and vitamin B12. In addition to the di- rect benefits, these meats can also be used in recipes like Green Bean Twists and Salami-Babs to help encourage the consump- tion of vegetables. Easy-to-make recipes such as Jerky Trail Mix, Fried Bolo- gna Cups and Beefy Lettuce Cups also provide simple snacking solutions for kids that include the nutritional benefits of both beef and veggies. Find more family-friendly recipes and tips to encourage nutritious eating habits from the North American Meat Institute, a contractor of The Beef Checkoff, at meatpoultrynutrition.org. Fried Bologna Cups Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff Yield: 8 bologna cups 8 slices beef bologna Vegetable oil spray Potato-Vegetable Filling (enough for one bologna cup): 1/4 cup mixed vegetables 1/4 cup mashed potatoes 1 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese Apple Salad Filling (enough for one bologna cup): 3 tablespoons chopped apple 2 teaspoons minced celery 1 teaspoon golden raisins 2 teaspoons light mayonnaise 1 teaspoon plain, low-fat yogurt Spray large, nonstick skillet with vegetable oil spray. Set skillet over medium heat and lay bologna slices in pan, as many as will fit in one layer. Let bologna fry until it cups. Transfer cups to serving plate and fry remaining bologna in same fash- ion. To make Potato-Vegetable Filling: In small, microwave- safe bowl, stir together vegetables and potatoes; microwave until hot. To make Apple Salad Filling: In small bowl, stir apple, celery, raisins, mayonnaise and yogurt. Spoon desired filling into each cup. For cups with Potato- Vegetable Filling, top with grated cheese. Salami-Babs Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff Yield: 8 kebabs 6 ounces beef salami or summer sausage, cut into 3/4-inch chunks 8 bamboo skewers (8 inches long) 4 ounces cheese (cheddar or swiss), cut into 1/2-inch chunks 16 small broccoli florets 4 baby carrots, cut in half crosswise 24 WNY Family July 2018 Thread pieces of meat onto skewers, alternating with cheese, broccoli and carrots. Arrange on plate and serve. Note: To prevent choking, children should be seated while eating, especially when a recipe involves toothpicks; encour- aged to take their time and thoroughly chew their food; and should be carefully supervised. When serving young children, cut any circular-shaped foods like grapes, carrots or hot dogs into thin, coin-shaped slices or long, thin strips.