Practical food tips for parents from a RD and mom of three

Monday, March 29, 2010

Leaf eaters

When Lila was about two-years-old, she saw me making a salad and said, “Dinosaurs eat leaves!” I asked her if she wanted some leaves and she was excited to try them. Since then, she is a fan of all things leafy – from lettuce to spinach, and even raw cabbage leaves during dinner prep!

Most leafy green veggies are great sources of Vitamins A and C, plus calcium, iron, fiber, and more. Serve them raw, steamed, or sauteed (spinach or heartier greens like kale are awesome sauteed with a little olive oil and garlic).

Today's tip: Add something green and leafy (the darker the better) to your kids' meals and remind them that dinosaurs and giraffes eat leaves.

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