Can not make her eat green vegetables
Giving the taste of beans, spinach, broccoli or leeks … a challenge? No, a mission to fill with patience and a few pinches of originality.
Why does not he like green vegetables?
- The first hypothesis is nutritional: your child eats mainly to calm his hunger. Moreover, cereals or starchy starch more than vegetables. He, therefore, welcomes them with enthusiasm.
- Green vegetables have a strong, sometimes bitter taste. A majority of children can not tolerate odors in the mouth.
- The less you eat green vegetables, the less you like them. By losing the habit of adding them to the menu, they eventually forget them. It is a pity because there is a great diversity of plants and there is no reason, a priori, that a child does not like any vegetable!
Green vegetables? Indispensable for his health!
- A child between 1 and three years old should eat about 200 g of vegetables, or more, and at least one fruit each day. Over-consumption of fruits and vegetables is never harmful to health, as long as they limit the intestinal disturbances (cabbage, for example).
- Green vegetables contain high-density nutrients. The darker the vegetables, the more vitamin A and C they are, the latter is a valuable antibacterial.
- The important source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron, these vegetables also contain fibers essential for intestinal transit. Moreover, their very high water content (90% of their weight on average) contributes to the hydration of the body.
- Finally, vegetables help balance the food by playing the variety of tastes, shapes, and colors.
Small homemade dishes made with vegetables
- Treat the presentation. Rather than a plate of salsify, bet on the miniature compositions: dices of cucumber, Lilliputian bouquets of broccoli … Dare to mix colors (purée spinach-carrots …), exotic associations (rice Cantonese house, peas …), and meals tarts or cakes (tartlet with tomato, pasta cake with spinach …).
- Cook . Vegetables cooked in water are bland and soft. Your child will prefer them sautéed, or gratin. Associate them first with potatoes then, reverse the proportions.
- Show the example. If your child sees you at the table eating vegetables (and you enjoy it!), He will want to taste it more. No question of forcing his child to swallow his ration of green at all costs.
- To preserve their nutritional qualities intact, the vegetables should be selected as fresh as possible, washed with water, cooked very quickly, preferably steamed, and consumed immediately. Cabbages, spinach, beans, broccoli or artichokes can be purchased frozen. More convenient and faster to prepare, they also have the advantage of retaining up to 90% of their vitamins.
- Patience! Continue to introduce him regularly to those he does not like yet – specialists say it takes ten presentations for a new food to be accepted – and to hear him perhaps one day tell you: “Again! “
Think of herbs! They flavor the banalest dish. We should keep them a place of choice in the kitchen, even that of toddlers. Put basil in a tomato salad or vegetable soup. Laurier, rosemary, sage or thyme season pulses, rice, meat. Parsley, chervil, chives, tarragon flavors dishes and salads.
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