Nutrition research shows that eating a diet rich in fresh vegetables reduces the risk of many chronic diseases. Vegetables provide a wealth of nutrients that are very critical for optimal health. They contain the necessary essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and trace minerals our kids needs to build a strong immunity, which is the best defense against diseases.
The way vegetables are prepared has everything to do with the nutrients your kids are getting; they should be very minimally processed. Try avoiding canned/jars/pouch if possible since the heating that is part of the canning process destroys many vital nutrients, frozen are a good option is fresh is not available. Do not overcook your veggies when you steam (never boil) it at home. When it comes to vegetable my philosophy is that if it grows in a clean soil we can eat it but below are our kids all time favorites..
Here are 11 top nutritious vegetables that our boys LOVE.
- Winter squash
- Brussels sprout
- Dandelion greens
- Sweet potato
All dark green leafy greens you can lay your hands on at your farmers market are also great. When we use lettuce at home I make sure it is romaine since they turn to be more nutritional then any other variety.