Kids eating cultured veggies?
With Gut Health being at the centre of our food journeys, the inclusion of cultured veggies with our meals on a daily basis, is of extreme importance. Why?
- Fermentation increases the nutrient content of vegetables thus giving you more bang for your buck
- They help to digest proteins of other foods we eat them with
- Helping to repair a gut damaged by processed foods
- For Controlling candida
- Benefits of reducing allergies and inflammation
- To boost immunity
- They provide beneficial bacteria for good digestive health (nature’s probiotic)
- They provide enzymes needed to digest and absorb nutrients
- To curb sugar cravings
In addition to this fermented veggies have many other bonuses:
- They are convenient
- They make a great addition to any salad
- They make a great condiment to complete and compliment almost any meal.
- They add colour to your plate
- They taste delicious!
How do we get our children to eat Cultured Veggies? This can be a challenging process if you are introducing them to older children or children with an aversion to salty foods. Starting gently and persevering is the key
- Start young. Introduce these foods to your baby.
- Make them a part of your daily table setting. Much like salt and pepper or sauce etc.
- Role model. You are one of their greatest influences. If they see you eating them they are more inclined to want to try.
- Always encourage the principal of ‘tasting’ foods not just once but numerous times (Lacto-fermented veggies are an acquired taste)
- Explain to your children why they are good for them. Don’t under-estimate their understanding and comprehension of this.
- Start with popular kid friendly cultured foods (such as sauerkraut with apple and dilly carrot sticks).
- Involve them in the process of making them at home.
- Encourage them to serve there own.
- Offer choices of different ferments – with varied colour, texture and flavour.