Today, Barbara Bailey, our Marketing Coordinator at Urban Acres, shares her experience introducing a much disliked vegetable – cauliflower- to her son. Barbara remembers…
My son had a love for basketball from a young age, but like many other small kids, he was hesitant to taste vegetables that he didn’t find appealing.
I was always aware of the fantastic health benefits of cauliflower. It’s high in dietary fiber, folate, and Vitamin C. But since my son wasn’t very interested in eating this great vegetable raw, I had to figure out a way to make him like it.
The Master Plan…
So to encourage my son to eat cauliflower, I had to make up a little white lie. One evening at dinner time I argued, “But it’s Michael Jordan’s favorite!” My son, being a huge Jordan fan, looked at me with a twinkle in his eyes and as if magic happened, he ate the whole plate of carefully chopped-up raw cauliflower. I was amazed, excited, and promised to keep my secret forever. My son is fifteen now, plays basketball, and still eats cauliflower raw. Because “It’s Michael Jordan’s favorite!”
Other delicious ways to help kids try this veggie…
Make it as a soup.
Pretend it’s mashed potatoes.
PS. My son, being an adolescent boy now, doesn’t read blogs. So if you see him in town, please don’t tell him my secret!
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Thanks, Barbara! Your secret is safe with us. If you have a great story about teaching your children how to try and love fruits and vegetables, let us know. We would love to hear your story!