Are you having a hard time getting your kids to eat their vegetables? Don’t give up just yet – Eat Your Veggies Day (tomorrow!) is the perfect time to teach your kids that vegetables aren’t just healthy – they can taste great too! Here are five kid-friendly vegetables to try on even the pickiest of eaters.
1. Carrots – Carrots are a great way to spark your child’s interest in vegetables. Carrots get their bright orange color from beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes healthy. “Carrot fries” can be made by slicing carrots into sticks, tossing them with olive oil and a pinch of salt, and baking for 15 to 20 minutes. This tasty snack is a satisfying alternative to regular French fries. Baby carrots are a convenient grab-and-eat snack for after school and even come in individual serving size packages for portability.
2. Corn – Corn is one of the most kid-friendly vegetables because of its attractive color and sweet flavor. Kids love to fun of eating corn straight off the cob. It is also loaded with fiber to keep kids full and satisfied longer. Whether it is grilled, boiled, sautéed, or even microwaved, corn is a favorite served on or off the cob. Mix corn kernels with salsa for a delicious dip that can be paired with whole-grain tortilla chips.
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3. Broccoli – Fresh broccoli florets make great dippers for hummus or yogurt-based dips and dressings. Steam fresh broccoli and toss with Parmesan or shredded Cheddar cheese for a dose of bone-building calcium. Steaming broccoli takes less than 5 minutes, making this vegetable a quick and easy side dish to round out a meal. Broccoli is full of Vitamin C to strengthen your child’s immune system and ward off sickness.
4. Red bell peppers – Red bell peppers are a kid-approved vegetable thanks to their naturally sweet flavor and satisfying crunch. Whether they are sliced and dipped in salad dressing or sprinkled over a pizza, these veggies are a flavorful addition to a variety of dishes. Red bell peppers are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent chronic diseases.
5. Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes, as indicated by their name, have a sweet flavor that kids love. When baked and topped with a dusting of cinnamon, these nutrient-packed vegetables can even be served as a dessert. Try cutting sweet potatoes into wedges, tossing with oil, salt and pepper, and baking for simple sweet potato “fries.” Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamins A and C, and are a good source of heart-healthy potassium.
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