Red. Pink. Purple. Valentine’s Day is a very colorful holiday. So, in the midst of all of the chocolate and flower swapping, why not add some color to your plate as well? It’s a nice way to brighten up the winter, and strengthen your immune system at the same time.
The one thing most health care providers agree upon is that the more vegetables you eat, and the deeper their colors, the more likely it is that your body will be able to fight off germs, toxins, and illnesses. Beets are so full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that when you cut them, their juice makes a nice “ink” that young children will love to create all kinds of artwork with. From finger painting to making thumbprints of people and animals to stamping out all kinds of shapes, kids can stay busy while you chop and cook.
Since my children are now teenagers, I created the above artwork myself. You can just cut off the bottom of each beet and use the stems to grab onto, while you stamp out all kinds of artwork. A lesson about circles could even follow, if you want to pull some math in there too!
Here’s a photo of the stampers:
And if you cut off the stems and skin, you’ll have even more “ink” you can use:
Such a hands-on activity might make it more likely that your child will try the following, very simple recipe for Carrot/Beet Salad:
As you can tell, I’m no professional chef. My philosophy is that if you use the highest quality of fresh ingredients, you don’t need complicated cooking techniques or fancy recipes. Who has time for that on a regular basis anyway?
Real food tastes great on its own. The more you transition away from processed foods, the more you’ll reawaken your taste buds to those subtle, natural flavors. And the more love will be on your plate!
The same goes for the learning process for children. The simplest of tools and strategies can sometimes be more powerful than any piece of advanced technology. Did you know that I have a literacy blog too? I don’t spend nearly as much time there as I used to, but you can find some related picture book recommendations at the following Moms Inspire Learning blog posts:
Healthy eating. Avid reading. Let’s spread the love, one bite and one book at a time.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wishing you peace, joy, and colorful veggies,