How can you tame all these new tastes? All you need is a few tips, some imagination and playfulness.
Getting your hands dirty!
To overcome the difficulties that come with change, children can become botanical adventurers from your garden to your plate! To get started, you will need a glass container and chives to grow. And voila, your kids are already interested! Growing chives is appealing because everything can be eaten on this plant, even the flower! It impresses a lot of them!
Lending a hand!
It’s time to eat and kids love to cook. Why don’t you let your child prepare his own salad? A simple game can guide your child’s choices: ingredients can be distributed in bowls of different colors. For example, vegetables can be put in green bowls, legumes in yellow bowls, cereals in brown bowls and dried fruits in red bowls. The instruction is simple: pick at least one ingredient of each color.
Salads as balanced meals
For a salad to be complete, it must contain:
- Lots of colourful vegetables (not just lettuce!);
- A source of meat and alternatives;
- Whole-grain cereals;
- “Extras” that provide flavour and fun: fresh fruits, dried fruits, fresh cheese, etc.
- Make a barley salad with chicken and cucumber. Add grated carrots, asparaguses, red grapes, shallots and chives with a maple dressing.
- Pasta and edamame beans salad with broccoli, cabbage, mango red onion, chives and a red pepper dressing.
- A quinoa salad with beans and red pepper, green apples, red onion and parsley with a creamy orange dressing.
Have fun with each crunchy veggie bite! We love these salads that rhyme with fresh vegetables, sunny fruits and colors!
By Nathalie Regimbal, RD. and Christine Gadonneix, RD.