Vegetables are nature’s misunderstood goodies

We know that fruits and vegetables should be the building blocks of our diet, along with whole grains, dairy products, lean meats and alternatives. Canada’s Food Guide recommends we eat up to ten servings of fruits and vegetables every day! But do you eat enough?

We know that fruits and vegetables should be the building blocks of our diet, along with whole grains, dairy products, lean meats and alternatives. Canada’s Food Guide recommends we eat up to ten servings of fruits and vegetables every day! But do you eat enough?

Well, hum… If your answer is negative, what is preventing you from achieving the daily recommendations? Do you think vegetables are boring and tasteless? What strategies can we adopt to make vegetables more appealing and enjoyable for the entire family?

An author suggests we add mouth-watering adjectives when describing meals. Experiences conducted in cafeterias have demonstrated that when the menu is described with more appealing attributes, its popularity increases. When it comes to young children, describing vegetables in a funny and creative way can be enough to pique their curiosity. Hence, we can transform broccoli into a dinosaur tree, tomato juice into vampire blood, and green peas into Martian eggs. These quirky fantasies are likely to increase the popularity of spinach and Brussels sprouts alike! So why not give it a try!

Hiding vegetables in a meal can also help your children eat them in greater quantities, without having to deal with too many tears. Serving your children cream of leek, carrot muffins, or a purée of potatoes and coli-flower are all good examples of clever subterfuges.

Putting an assortment of raw vegetables and low-fat dip on the table while you are preparing a meal is not only a fantastic way to appease your children’s growling stomachs, it will also increase their intake of nutrients.

Do you diversify how you cook vegetables? There are so many delicious ways to prepare vegetables. You can steam them, grill them, braise them and make salads, just to name a few! And you should not forget seasonings! You simply need to be creative and move away from the more traditional style of preparing vegetables. Bon appétit!

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