Try one new veggie a week
Most families tend to eat the same veggies each day. While all veggies are beneficial, the ultimate goal is to eat a wide range of veggies from all the different colour groups to get the maximum nutritional benefit.
Try salad veggies, cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and starchy vegetables like pumpkin or sweet potato. There’s a huge selection out there, which your children may surprise you and actually enjoy!
Create a rainbow plate
Rainbow plates are a great way to engage your child visually when encouraging them to eat more variety. Keep fresh and frozen produce on hand and get your little ones to create their own rainbow plate, filled with veggies from all the colour groups.
Include beans and legumes
High in protein, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, fibre, minerals and phytochemicals, legumes are an excellent way to ensure optimum nutritional intake, prevent constipation and keep away diseases such as colon cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol.
Great options to explore include kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, adzuki beans, chickpeas and lentils. Easy homemade creations like hummus, lentil soup, bean stews and chickpea falafels are a fantastic way to introduce legumes to your child.
Add sea vegetables
Seaweed has a high calcium content, which strengthens bones and teeth. It’s also a rich source of iron, has antimicrobial properties and is a good source of essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, which helps prevent constipation.
Nori sheets are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2 and C as well as iodine. Use them for sushi, shred them over salad or create seaweed wraps filled with julienned carrots, cucumber, shredded chicken (or protein of choice) and avocado.