As good-for-you as spinach is, often kids (especially picky eaters) refuse to eat it. But, Spinach is one of Try Rannosaurus’ favorite foods! Try is one of the two characters I created for my book, Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater. The two buddies engage young picky eaters in multi-sensory learning. Try is a green T-Rex, and green food is his favorite. Of course, that includes spinach. He often announces, “Green food is yummy!” Try isn’t always the smartest animal in the forest. Betty Baby Bites, his best friend and encourager, often comes to his rescue. She’s a lover of whole foods, as well.
(You and your child can read about the fun food adventures of the two best buddies in The Forest Feast.)
I found some interesting facts about spinach. Are you ready? Spinach is a good source of iron and essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C, and minerals, and fiber! I was surprised to learn that spinach also contains 3 grams of protein per serving. So Try is pretty smart after all.
Spinach grows in sandy soil, so wash it thoroughly to get rid of the grainy, sandy particles. Make sure to tear off the stems. Separate the leaves, and place them in a large bowl of water. Gently swish the leaves and let the sand drift to the bottom of the bowl. Remove leaves from the water, and repeat the process with fresh water until the leaves are clean. If you’re eating spinach raw in a salad, dry it completely by using a salad spinner or by blotting it with paper towels.
Shelby is thinking over the prospect
that green food might be yummy, after all!
Here’s another helpful tip for kids who resist eating spinach, use it as an ingredient in a casserole (especially with tomatoes) or in a soup. When cooked with other foods, spinach takes on the other flavors.