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Veggies Can Be Fun With Birds Eye and a Giveaway!

birdseyeLast week the girls and I traveled to New York City to spend the afternoon with the folks from Birds Eye vegetables for an afternoon of all kinds of veggie goodness fun.

Executive Chef Michael Christiansen was on hand to share kid friendly recipes that had the kids munching happily on healthy foods all day. Really, it was something to see kids trying veggie smoothies with heart healthy ingredients like peas and carrots in the mix.

As I watched him add banana, pineapple juice, peas and carrots into a blender, I thought there was no way my kids would drink it. But guess what? They did. And they liked it. Amazing.

Leela Birdseye

birdseye nickelodeon eventPeople say that I’m really lucky that all of my kids like fruits and vegetables. And to that I say that it was by design. The best nutrition advice I ever got was from my pediatrician. He told me to introduce a new food to my kids three times before I gave up on them trying it.

And he was right. When it came to fruits and veggies, the third time was always the charm. My diligence with introducing new healthy foods was rewarded with kids who will eat just about any fruit or vegetable I put in front of them today.

Girls and Jeanette McCurdyKnowing that kids will more likely copy their role model’s behavior, Birds Eye has teamed up with the star of Sam and Cat, Jennette McCurdy, to promote the Nickelodeon and Birds Eye’s Play With Your Veggies initiative which encourages kids to make healthier choices in a fun and relaxed way.

Mom and the girls at BirdseyeAnd as a concerned mom of four, it’s an initiative that I can totally stand behind.

The folks from Birds Eye would like to offer a giveaway for my readers. How would you like to win eight free product coupons for Birds Eye veggies (each coupon is worth $3.49) and a $50 Amex gift card so that you too can try out some kid friendly and heart healthy recipes from Birds Eye?

To enter, comment on this post with your first name, last initial, the state you are from and the one fruit or veggie you wish you could get your kids or yourself to eat. Entries must be received by Friday, August 16th, 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

This is not a sponsored post. Birds Eye did invite us for a media event in New York City. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Karen H.
    I wish my boys like carrots more!

  2. Felicia J.

    My kids don’t like cooked carrots.

    I would love to eat Brussel Sprouts but can’t get pass the smell I remember from elementary school.

  3. Dee M.
    Brussel Sprouts are a no go for my two.

  4. Mynde G from Greenfield Indiana. I would love to see them eat spinich!!! Currently corn is about the only veggie :0(

  5. Heidi S from MD. I wish bruss sprouts seemed edible to me.. They’re cute-ish atleast??

  6. I would LOVE to have my 5 grands eating more veggies – 2/5 tend to be frutarians and 2 more just prefer fruits NOTE: the 5th is only 7 weeks..

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good morning Melanie. Your girls look fabulous in these pix! I wish my kids liked mushrooms as much as I do. Grilled or sauteed or sliced on a salad, its all good for me! Krista B, MD.

  8. Janell D. Ohio
    I wish we all liked asparagus!

  9. Brenda H. says:

    Brenda H.
    Spinach gets a bad wrap around here.

  10. Patti L, GA, Brussels sprouts (without bacon and butter added to make them “swallow able”!!)

  11. Becky V. from TN

    Asparagus it would have to be!

  12. Maureen L. says:

    Cauliflower! I love it, kids, not so much.

  13. Pam W. from MA. I wish I could get my children to eat Kale!

  14. Jessica A says:

    Jessica A, Maasachusetts
    I wish we could all learn to like mushrooms, especially my 78 year old vegetarian daughter who needs to add some more foods to her list of likes.

  15. My whole family is picky (including me) and not adventurous at all. This would be an awesome chance to change that.

    Sounds weird, but onions would be my choice.

    Lori M

  16. I love all vegetables but I wish I could get my son to eat asparagus. He takes one look at it and he decided he didn’t like it. We love Brussels sprouts in my house, roasted or grilled with olive oil and garlic is so yummy!!

    Nina B

  17. Seana M.-NY
    I wish I could eat beets. They look so pretty but I am afraid of them 🙂

  18. Brianna P- NJ
    My son loves everything if its in cheese 🙂

  19. Alexandra O says:

    Alexandra from Texas

    Brocoli. Nobody in my household likes it and I wish we did!

  20. kristin m says:

    Kristin M
    I wish my kids ate broccoli, it’s my fav and I wish they shared that thought!

  21. Dion F. from OH
    I wish my five would eat brussel sprouts. My husband and I love them, the kids not so much.

  22. Dorothy F. says:

    Dorothy F from Vermont..I wish my family liked brussel sprouts…

  23. Tina H

  24. Kimberly says:

    Kimberly F from NYS. I wish I could get my son to eat carrots but it’s hard bc I don’t like them either so I wish I could eat them too so he would as well. Pls share those smoothie recipes with us as well!

  25. Mami2jcn says:

    I wish I could get myself to eat broccoli! I just don’t like it. My son eats it, though.

    Mary F

  26. Wish we would eat more cauliflower, broccoli, spinach. Regina H, MO

  27. Ashley C says:

    Ashley C

    I wish my kids would eat any green veggies, maybe peas or broccoli!


  28. Lana P

    My husband loves okra but I just can’t handle it.

  29. Pam P. from KY

    None of my kids will eat cooked carrots. So we all opt for raw at lunchtime to make sure we get the goodness from that vegetable.

  30. Jennifer S says:

    Jennifer S.

    I wish my son would eat peas more.

  31. Jen T in NH

    My boys do pretty good with veggies, but I wish they would like the same ones! The one I wish they both would eat is tomatoes. Neither will touch them.

  32. Sandy bland says:

    Sandy B Maryland … Any green veggies!! I recently have fell in love love love with roasted asparagus.. I actually crave it.. !

  33. Laura O. from Michigan

  34. Nancy R. Pennsylvania
    My daughter will eat most fruits and veggies, but getting my son to eat anything more than corn is a major effort. And peas and carrots are probably the biggest “no-no” according to him.

  35. Kathleen says:

    Kathleen W.
    Friendly MN
    Melanie’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts

  36. KathrynK FL says:

    KathrynK FL
    I need to eat more fruit

  37. My kids are big fruit eaters but veggies not as much! Each kid has a different like or dislike. But most of mine will not eat salad. For some reason it is just too much for them!
    Marie T.

  38. Selissa J. MA says:


  39. Brenda J Mansfield TX says:

    In our house we love most vegetables. I guess it would be carrots. We just don’t eat them very much.
    Mansfield, TX

  40. Teri J

    My kids are grown but I wish I could find a way to enjoy avocado as I know it is full of healthy fats and such.

  41. Jen from Quincy says:

    Jen K from MA

    I wish my kids would eat zucchini

  42. Tammy S. from NY
    I wish I would try asparagus, maybe I can find a good recipe. I never really liked brussel sprouts either but, saw one of your recipes with bacon and ohh la la. So yummy!

  43. Cathy S. from CA!

    Oh how I’d love to enjoy eating eggplant, but I just can’t seem to like it no matter what recipe I try!!

  44. Stacey H. NH

    I need to get on board with eating more Spinach.

  45. Stephanie says:

    Stephanie P., Arizona
    Mommy & Daddy love and eat all veggies. My kids are totally different in their likes (and it seems to change as they go through stages). My 3 year old boy’s favorite is broccoli and my 6 year old daughter’s favorite is steamed carrots. I wish they both would eat more green veggies (green beans, asparagus, spinach, etc.).

  46. Yvonne G. says:

    Yvonne G. North Dakota
    I wish I liked tomatoes.

  47. Robyn Owens says:

    My boys are totally different. One loves peas and hates green beans. The other loves carrots and despises peas. I just keep offering and letting them pick out new veggies to try.

  48. Tomatoes, they get eaten if they are in sauces, etc. but not by themselves.

    Sherri K. from Florida

  49. Jessie C. says:

    Green beans.
    Jessie C. MN

  50. Pattie Q, NJ
    I wish my son would try something other then peas, corn or green beans. I’m grateful he eats them but I would love him to try something else.

  51. Bobbie P says:


    I wish my son would eat more veggies.

  52. Sara L – DE

    I wish my daughter would give green beans a try!

  53. Harmony B says:

    Harmony B from NJ
    Carrots!! Nobody in my house, myself included eats them.

  54. Jennifer Ryder says:

    I wish I could get my son AND my hubs to eat Brussel sprouts.
    Jen R., NH

  55. Shannon G from Ohio
    I wish my 4 year old son would eat any vegetable! He does pretty good with fruit but not veggies unless it is in French fry form.

  56. Laurie W.–MA
    Peas and lima beans–me! I like them fresh, but I just don’t like the texture of them cooked.

  57. Jackie F.
    I would love for my daughter to eat green beans!

  58. Ashley H.

  59. Margot C says:

    Margot C

    If only we could get into eating more peas (they are so economical and vitamin packed)

  60. Joanne Beaulieu says:

    Joanne B-Maine
    I wish my kids would like brussel sprouts, other than that they are good veggie eaters!!

  61. i wish I could get my kids to eat califlower and brussel sprouts

  62. I wish I could eat cherries…I heard they help you sleep

    Jean S. from MA

  63. Katie E. from California

    I have been very lucky to have girls that eat any fruits and veggies set in front of them!

  64. Lisa N , MI

    I wish I could get myself to eat more broccoli

  65. Cheryl l. says:

    Cheryl L., IL.
    Pineapple and avocado…don’t eat either one, and I should.

  66. Kelly D
    I wish I could get my kids to eat carrots.

  67. Carol Meedzan says:

    Carol m
    I wish I could get myself to eat peas

  68. Jessica D says:

    I wish I could convince myself to eat asparagus! Blech!

    Jessica D, CT

  69. Elena I.

    I wish my son could eat bell peppers

  70. Darrylin s

    Okra is the only thing I think is gross.

  71. Kale…I know it’s really good for you but I can’t get myself to eat it!
    Danielle K. , WI

  72. Livivua C says:

    Mississippi and daughter to eat tomatoes

  73. Hope L

    Our kids hate peas and it is a big bummer because peas are my favorite. 🙁

  74. Katherine M says:

    Katherine M com NC

    Carrots, I hate them. I wish I liked them and I make myself eat them in salads, but I do not enjoy them.

  75. Tena N Utah. I’m pretty lucky my kids like most vegetables, my biggest problem is my 4 year old who hates tomatos!

  76. On of my favorites is brussels sprouts, I wish I could find a way to fix them so my 2 teens would like them.
    Tracy H from NV

  77. Carmela C says:

    Carmela C, NJ
    I would love to get my son to eat more greens like broccoli, green beans and asparagus.

  78. Tien L, California.

    I would love for all of us to try artichoke! But if it was possible, I would love for them to try and enjoy all the fruits and veggies !

  79. Jessica T. says:

    I wish I could get myself and my son to eat tomatoes!
    Jessica T. – VA

  80. Megan B., Texas

    I would love to be able to get them to eat broccoli!

  81. I wish I could get my child to eat lettuce, or really any green veggie. He hates them all.
    Deb C

  82. Would like to enjoy Brussels sprout….can’t get over the taste. Donna L from VA

  83. My kids eat most fruits and veggies, but they won’t touch beets!

  84. Tina Evans says:

    All of my kids like veggies, they aren’t very picky but I’d love for them to try some eggplant! Now that we have an exchange student from China we are having fun getting her try some new things!! So far, so good!

    Tina E.

  85. Stephanie P. says:

    Stephanie P. AZ Brussel Sprouts

  86. I wish I liked asparagus! Maybe I should introduce myself to it three times? lol
    Nicole B

  87. Susan Christy says:

    Susan C
    Radishes are the only veggie I don’t like

  88. Lee Ann Diehl says:

    Lee Ann D. Pennsylvania. Believe it or not my guys are good about veggies, one really enjoys a salad. One is better than the other when it comes to fruit. The problem child is Mom with fruit, all the fruits that I do actually like bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc. all leave me with indigestion so I don’t really eat fruit…. I do eat most veggies though…Sounds like Birds Eye has a good game plan here with the initiative…

  89. Cassie Sue says:

    Cassie S, California

    What a fun event! I think if groups did this more often then kids would be more prone to like fruits and veggies instead of junk food.

  90. Melanie J

    We eat almost all veggies except cauliflower

  91. Lima beans!
    Heather S. NY

  92. Kym O from PA. Oh how we struggle with this in our house. My two love all fruits, but despise all veges no matter how much butter or cheese they are prepared with. I’d love to get them to eat a few green veges… Peas, asparagus, green beans…. Any vege really!

  93. Margaret P. says:

    Margaret P. from NC

    I know brussel sprouts are super healthy but I despise them!

  94. Mel J. from Pa. says:

    Everyone in our family loves all veggies, except lima beans.

  95. Cheryl e. from pa. I wish I could get me to eat apples….though I don’t b/c of an adult-onset allergy, not a dislike

  96. cheryl p. says:

    Cheryl p.

    I’d like to see us eat brussel sprouts.

  97. Christine S. says:

    Christine S. from N.H. I wish I could get my daughter to eat carrots!

  98. Karel K. KY
    Brussel Sprouts

  99. Jennifer H. FL. I would have to say radishes.

  100. I wish my son would eat any veggies, but really trying for broccoli to start. (Karen K from Maryland)

  101. KathleenR says:

    My kids eat the ‘mainstream’ vegetables with no problem (carrots, broccoli, etc) – I wish they’d be a little more accepting of squash (I’m working on it!) and other, more high-nutrient ones like kale.
    Kathleen R, Ohio

  102. Elaine p from ma says:

    Well the only veggie both my kids will eat so far is broccoli so a chance to do some “experimenting” would be great! Maybe start with a bright colorful veggie mix- maybe they would find one thing in the mix that they like!

  103. Rachel W. from Indiana — brussell sprouts! No one in our family is a fan.

  104. Emily Brower says:

    Emily B. from MN – cauliflower. It’s scary!

  105. Kara S from Ohio. I wish we would all like red peppers, there are so many cute ideas on pinterest that we could do!

  106. I wish my child would eat spinach


  107. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Nataly C. from Florida, I wish my kids ate more papayas

  108. Elaine H

  109. Polly S
    I wish my kids would eat salad. My husband and I eat a lot of salads and they won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole!

  110. Lorie D from PA
    I wish I could find a way to prepare Brussel Sprouts that my kids would like.

  111. sara haaf says:

    Sara H- South Carolina. I wish I could get my son to give onions a try. I love them and used to use them in just about everything, but he is a freaking ninja and can detect them no matter how tiny I chop them up!

  112. Amy C., FL

    I will eat just about all except brussel sprouts. My daughter doesn’t like any fruits or veggies at all 🙁

  113. My kids are pretty good vegetable eaters, however, I wish they liked peas as my husband and I love them.
    Maria from MA

  114. Cynthia R says:

    from North Carolina
    wish i could get them to eat more carrots. thank you!

  115. Tabathia B says:

    I wish I could make myself enjoy broccoli more

    Tabathia B

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  116. Heather S says:

    Heather S

    I would like to enjoy tomatoes but I just don’t like them 🙂

  117. Stephanie G says:

    Stephanie G, AZ
    I wish I could get her to eat green beans

  118. Johanna H. says:

    I wish I could get my daughter to eat fresh tomatoes.
    Johanna H. from MA

  119. we can’t stomach brussel sprouts in our household. they’re so bitter!

    Daniel B

  120. I wish I enjoyed eating green peas. I have despised them ever since I was forced to eat them as a child!

    Joy S.

  121. It’s such a struggle to get anyone to eat peas in my house! I don’t think anyone would eat them if they were paid!
    Ashley B. from Virginia

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