Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are by far the healthiest foods to eat. They are full of nutrients and phytonutrients that we need to stay healthy. Even if your child is a picky eater, sometimes you can think of a few foods that they like which are vegetables. My six year old daughter likes: artichokes, pickles, olives and carrots. With the carrots, if I just put a bowl out she will eat them, but if I ask her to eat them she will start crying and protest she doesn’t want to. She doesn’t do well with pressure.
What I learned from Dr. Pescatore, a NYC physician, who practices integrative medicine and does allergy testing, is that the healthiest way to eat is to rotate foods so you aren’t eating the same food everyday. Kids would prefer to eat the same thing day after day, but building a little variety into their diet ensures they are getting different nutrients and not eating the same molecule day after day. It also prevents allergies and intolerances. We try to do this with snacks, fruits, nuts as well as vegetables. Here is our snack rotation:
potato chips or potato flyers
Another important thing to know about the food rotating is that it helps build the immune system.