The sheer convenience of processed foods paired with and our busy our modern lives.
It is possible for us to give our children healthy food everyday and here is how.
We can start do something that is simple and easy; give them more minimally processed foods every day. Minimally processed refers to food that is as close as possible to how it appears in nature. Foods that are minimally processed maintain their nutritional value and do not have additional harmful ingredients.
6 Simple Foods Your Child Can Learn To Love
Fruits: apples, banana, oranges, mangoes, berries, grapes, pears and cherries, etc. There are tons of fruit products out there: fruit leather, fruit at the bottom of yogurt, fruit juices, fruit smoothies, popsicles, fruit cups, etc. None of these processed fruit products are as good for our children as whole raw fruit. Whole fruit is filed with fiber and vitamins. Read here why fiber is so important for us.
Vegetables: cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, lettuces, cabbage, kale, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers. Vegetables are a must in any diet and especially for children. Your child might not like all vegetables but they can learn to love a few. Vegetables are filled vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Starchy vegetables: beets, carrots, corn, green peas, parsnip, plantain, pumpkin, winter squash or butternut squash, cassava. Starchy vegetables are high quality carbohydrates that children normally love. They are filed with fiber and when eaten lead to feelings of satiation. If you are afraid of giving your child carbs then please read this interview with a nutrition expert.
Tubers like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams are naturally sweet and universally loved by children. Sadly children are given chips, french fries or tubers loaded with butter and cheese.
Enjoying tubers grilled, baked, boiled, mashed and as soup without butter and oil is the best way to serve them. Instead try serving baked tubers with salsa or another oil free sauce Try this delicious vegan shepherd’s pie
Minimally processed foods should make up most—if not all—of our child’s daily calories (and ours too). Adding more minimally processed foods to your child’s (and yours too) daily routine is simple. An added plus is that the more you serve these foods, the less room there will be for the less healthy foods.
There are so many healthier desserts that we can give our children that are made with real minimally processed foods. Here are three of my favorite kid friendly desserts