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Posted January 30, 2013 | Leave a comment
Karen Ridings: Getting children to eat spinach
By Karen Ridings
Many kids say "yuck" when asked to eat spinach. You can lure your kids into eating spinach with a few simple tricks:
1) Share the history and nutritional value of this wonderful vegetable,
Many people think of Popeye when they think of spinach. But, spinach goes farther back than this 1920s character. Spinach was grown over 2,000 years ago in the Middle East. The Persian word for spinach was "ispanai" or green hand. Spinach eventually made its way to America in 1806. Once Popeye got a hold of it, it became a very popular vegetable associated with strength. So tell your children that when they eat spinach, they are eating an ancient vegetable!
Here are some tips for buying and storing spinach:
Now it is time to get your recipe ideas together. Fresh spinach can be used in the following ways:
Frozen spinach works well in casseroles, soups, lasagnas, quiches, and pies. Whole leaf frozen spinach can also be sautéed in olive oil and garlic.
Below are websites that list recipes that you might like to try! Just maybe your child will "Lick the spoon" when you serve spinach!
Source: University of Arkansas-Cooperative Extension Service Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Service
Karen A. Ridings, M.S., R.D., is a family consumer sciences agent located in Frederick County. She joined the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Frederick County office, in January 2008. As a registered dietitian and elementary education teacher, families have always been the primary focus of her career! Email her at email@example.com
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