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!
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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.