Go for the Greens is an annual event held in the spring that promotes green vegetables as a part of a fun, healthy diet for kids. The LMSD Nutrition Committee celebrates this event with taste-testings and other fun activities to open young minds and taste buds to the greatness of greens! Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to enjoy this event in the same way. However, we wanted to provide some ideas and resources to help you celebrate at home.
- Plant a herb garden. Growing your own herbs can be a great way to add nutrients and favor to your diet. Herbs help nourish and mend the body with vitamins and antioxidants, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Please see below for more information on growing herbs in your kitchen. Click here to learn more.
- Try a new vegetable. Eating a wide variety of foods including vegetables plays a major role in proper nutrition and development. While it is great to encourage children to eat foods they know and like, offering new options on the regular ensures they get nutritional benefits from a wide variety of sources. Keep in mind, it can take up to 10 times for a child to accept a new food, so don't give up! Consider trying the following powerhouse green veggies.
- Beet greens, spinach, watercress, microgreens, kale, or asparagus
- Experiment with new recipes. While it is easy to make the same meals every week, it can get boring and perhaps limit the variety of nutrients in your family's diet. When you try new recipes, you get to learn about new ingredients and new cooking methods. This makes healthy eating easier and much more fun! Please see below for kid-friendly recipes recommended by members of the LMSD Nutrition Committee.
The LMSD Nutrition Committee