broccoli

Kid-Friendly Broccoli Recipes


 

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: 2 EASY, BREEZY SUMMER SALADS + 1 COOL DIP

Mayo Kids Cookbook

When kids sink their teeth into healthy foods like vegetables, fruit, lean meats and whole grains, they develop a taste for those foods that will stay with them for a lifetime. To get kids invested in healthy eating, the next best thing to having them grow their own healthy foods is to have them cook it. One of my favorite resources is The Mayo Clinic Kids’ Cookbook (Good Books 2012), which introduces kids ages 8-12 to the kitchen–not only with fun and healthy recipes but with nutritional information, cooking abbreviations, conversion charts, kitchen equipment and safety tips. Most kids love kitchen projects. Let them at it!

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Brilliant Broccoli Fun


 

BROCCOLI FUN! 8 GREAT BROCCOLI ACTIVITIES

Broccoli Costume

Think back to an unfamiliar food a parent insisted you eat. Tap into that feeling and you’ll remember how scary new foods can be for kids.

Ushering in a new food can be difficult. Sometimes it’s easier to introduce a veggie off the plate than on it. Read a book, watch a video, look at art. Make a costume. Color. Sing. Dance!

Go gently. Be patient. Whet your children’s appetites with fun. Check out these great ideas and choose the ones you think will motivate your kids. No telling what might happen…. But wouldn’t it be great to have your child beg, “Please, Mom! Can we have broccoli tonight?”

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“Wild” Broccoli? No Such Thing.


 

12 FUN FACTS ABOUT BROCCOLI

Blooming Broccoli

Broccoli? Fun? Are you wondering if I’m maybe a little crazy?

Here’s the deal: 90% of getting kids to try a new food is getting them ready to try it. “Selling” it to them. Making it “cool.” Making it fun! Plopping a pile of overdone broccoli on a plate and saying, “Eat it, it’s good for you” usually doesn’t do the job.

Check out these fun (and surprising) facts about broccoli with your kids.

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Kids, Farms & Farmers: Oh Yeah!


 

U-Pick, Farmers’ Markets & CSAs: Fresh from the Farm

U-Pick Broccoli Sign

Farm-to-Table. It’s all the rage–and with good reason.

For starters, local food tastes better! It’s fresh-picked at its peak and delivered to your table in minimal time.

Food that comes from somewhere else has been transported on trucks, trains or planes and stored in warehouses before it finally gets to you–not so fresh any more.

Eating local benefits communities, farmers and the environment as well as our tastebuds. Grow NYC, a nonprofit that supports greenmarkets in New York City, tells how here.

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