Kids are often hesitant to try different foods, especially foods of the vegetable persuasion. As they get older, this aversion sometimes increases as they find that they are able to avoid foods that they find less visually appealing without adverse repercussions. This may result in kids eventually becoming finicky adults that don’t receive proper nutrition and eat a limited variety of less healthy foods. Stop the cycle in its tracks by introducing kids to a large variety early.
More Than Spinach
When most people think of leafy greens, spinach is the first thing that comes to mind. While spinach is known to be one of the mildest flavored leafy greens, it isn’t the only leafy green and shouldn’t be the only one that’s introduced. Kale, collard greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, cabbage, and even iceberg lettuce are all leafy greens that can introduce different nutrients into kids’ diets. Preparing these greens with different foods and using different preparations can help kids to appreciate a wider variety of foods and possibly find a green they love.
Having Fun with Preparations
There are practically infinite preparations for greens that can help the greens to be better received. A handful of spinach, kale, or mustard greens can be chopped fine and cooked into soups with flavorful broths. Ham, bacon, or salt pork can be cooked and added to collard greens, Swiss chard, spinach, or mustard greens. Spinach, lettuce, and kale can be added to juices or smoothies. Quiche can be made with plenty of cheese, a meat, and greens. A variety of greens can be tossed into a salad and go completely unnoticed. Greens can also be flavored with butter, salt, pepper, cheese, spices, hot sauce, or vinegar to give them a different flavor. Try some different preparations and see how they go.