Infant nutritionist / Makes Ella's Good
Say hello to our veg of the month this December, the jolly sprout!
These mini cabbages pack a scrummy nutritional punch and are definitely not just for Christmas.
Lots of little (…and not so little people) turn their noses up at the slightly bitter taste of sprouts, pushing them to the side of the plate on Christmas Day.
Babies are born with a natural dislike of bitter flavours but weaning is a great time to get them used to a wide variety of tastes, especially these more savoury veggie ones. Did you know that the more times babies try a new taste, the more likely they are to accept it. So don’t worry and keep trying!
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You can start to offer sprouts to little ones from 6 months onwards.
Remember, it can take 10 experiences of a new food before it is accepted so keep trying! Little ones love to copy you, so try to eat your veggies up in front of them, showing them how yummy they are.
Are sprouts good for my baby?
Did you know…sprouts are high in vitamin C, having almost as much as an orange, weight for weight (wow!)They are also super sources of a B vitamin called folate.
Both of these nutrients can help support your little one’s immune system.
Sensory play can help little people learn about + become reeeally familiar with different textures, shapes, colours, sounds, tastes and smells in a calm, happy + fun environment. Why not have some fun with brussels sprouts and a game of bowling!
Time for bowling!
When you’re at the supermarket this festive season, show your little one how sprouts grow on a thick stem, just like a veggie Christmas tree!
Check out our sensory play activities to keep little hands busy this Christmas!
Boiled sprouts are great but there are lots of ways to make them way more tasty for tiny tastebuds to enjoy!
After lightly steaming, try pan frying or roasting them in olive oil so they develop a lovely caramelised flavour, deeelicious with chestnuts and herbs like rosemary and thyme.
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Say hello to our veg of the month this November, the humble parsnip!
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