Teach Your Child to Love Healthy Food
Each week, start teaching your child to like a new vegetable. Follow these 4 rules:
1. Feed each vegetable to your child twice a week.
2. Give your child the vegetable two times a week for six weeks. That’s a total of 12 times. After 12 presentations, your child will probably like the vegetable. If she doesn’t, wait for a few months and start the whole process again.
3. Don’t feed the same vegetable to your child two days in a row. Wait a day or two before giving her the vegetable again.
4. If your child tastes the vegetable, count it as a success. She may spit it out, but her brain is still registering the taste.
Six weeks from today your child will probably be an chard lover!
Many people have never tasted a cooked green except spinach. Chard, like many other lesser known cooking greens, is much more nutritious than spinach.
Chard has a "green" and slightly bitter taste. The bitter taste is excellent taste training for your child. The more bitter tastes a child experiences when she is very young, the more she will like vegetables and other bitter tasting foods later on.
If your child is younger than 6 months, wait until she is over 6 months old before feeding her chard and any other leafy green. Leafy greens contain chemicals which are harmless to older babies, but may, in rare cases be dangerous for young babies.
Vary the chard dishes so your child doesn't get bored. Here are some quick and easy dishes:
1. Chop and boil the chard until it is soft. Make olive oil béchamel (here's a recipe from the New York Times). Mix and serve.
2. Chop and boil the chard until it is soft. Add a large spoonful of sour cream and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice. Mix and serve.
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