Greens are very important food group with several
nutrient benefits. & in winter, we really get good quality green vegetables.
So many of us were told as children to ‘eat up your greens’. And
now, you as a parent are still asking your kids to eat them up.
And your kids try to avoid doing so.
Following are 6 (easy to implement) tips for
getting your children to eats greens.
#1=KEEP THEM KRISPY
Don’t overcook your vegetables.
Soggy boiled greens don’t taste nice or
feel nice in the mouth. And,
overcooking will also destroy many
nutrients present in your vegies.
Just steam greens over a pan of water for
just a few minutes until just tender and
serve immediately as children like the crispiness.
#2=ADD SOME OIL
Cooking with little oil will help your child to absorb
the fat-soluble vitamins present in the greens.
Also adding fats enhance your vegie’s taste which
usually your children would prefer.
If you just bake the vegetables,
it will preserve some of the nutrients present in the greens.
Just add little spices or herbs of your child’s choice and
you have made a healthy baked dish that your child would surely love.
Instead of always giving them greens in
the form of vegetables(subji), think about alternatives.
You can modify your recipes by
making vegetable stuff paratha,
vegetable sandwich, vegetables wrap, Frankie etc.
#5=ADD SOME NUTS
If your child likes nuts, you can add
crushed nuts to your veggies or curries.
Your child would appreciate it.
Also, you can add nuts in your salads.
You can make delicious greens salads by adding
boiled beans or chopped paneer to it. That way, if
you are also vegetarian, you child gets good quality protein.
Eating greens need not be a stressful event
between you and your child.
Try these 6 tips.
They have worked for me,
will surely work for you as well.
That’s all for today,
See you next Tuesday,
With another Tuesday tip,
Providing simple solution for complexities of life.
Dr. Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician