The most common complain health practitioners come across on a daily basis is about kids’ unwillingness to eat nutritionally thriving vegetables. With the cessation of breastfeeding and initiation of the process called weaning, this transition holds a lot of importance to develop appropriate food taste for kids of a very young age. Apart from using traditional methods like roasting, stir-frying, steaming there are other ways of making a child eat almost all class of vegetables. If introduced at an early age, kids can befriend vegetable culture quite comfortably.
The below-mentioned guidelines will ensure smoother, healthier and enjoyable fondness towards eating vegetables without any pertaining signs of force-feeding(As that never helps).
Vegetable Purees are the best: – This is the most easily-accepted technique, as that comfortably hides a vegetable in a blended version. They are also very good for efficient digestion. Purees can be made up of practically any vegetable and by adding a dash of herbs to it; it can be made absolutely wholesome. Combination of various vegetables can also be used to make purees. Blanched vegetable purees can simply be added to the cooked rice.
Vegetables burgers or Fritters gives a relief: – With kids, it’s not only about the taste but also about the presentation of the food. A direct raw form of any nutritious vegetable might be extremely boring to them to eat, as for them nutrition does not hold of that prime importance. Mashed vegetables can be used to make burger patty or a corn-flour coating can be used to make vegetable fritters which make the product modifiable and can match a toddler taste buds.
Soups: – Soups are natural appetizers and can be made by using any vegetable. Soup can be made equally scrumptious by adding sautéed or stir-fried veggies to it or by simply adding some breadcrumbs of cheese cubes to it. Adding dried herbs while boiling the soups will facilitate its taste and also make it palatable for the baby to have it.
How about Vegetable sticks or baked vegetables: – Vegetable sticks can be introduced at a very young age as they are healthy and quite accessible. Introducing sticks with healthier dips like hung curd, Greek yoghurt, hummus, guacamole, etc. Vegetables like Kale or lettuce can also be microwaved for a while. Vegetable sticks cut in different shapes can also be nourishing and can be served with any accompaniments like dips or sauces. Vegetable au gratin can also be made in a healthier way.
A direct raw form of any vegetable could be very difficult for a child to take it. The above takeaways will help tiny tots to develop positive food preferences. With kids; innovation and creativity have its own stand.