It’s no secret that most kids love molokheya, and the idea that you are able to feed them a leafy green vegetable everyday without having to force it down their throats, is very appealing to mothers. However, variety is the most important thing when it comes to nourishing your kids’ bodies.
Let us start off by explaining that we are not dissing molokheya in any way! It’s an excellent Egyptian leafy green with copious amounts of potassium, calcium, and vitamins A and C. It also makes an excellent introductory food for when you start introducing solids to your baby due to the smooth texture.
That being said, you need to keep in mind the phrase ‘eat the rainbow’ when serving yourself or your kids food. Ideally, children should be receiving three different colored fruits or vegetables with each meal. This will ensure that they are getting varied sources of nutrients, antioxidants, and polyphenols.
- Red/Purple/Blue Foods = Healthy heart and memory stimulation
- Orange/Yellow Foods = Healthy vision
- Green Foods = Strong bones
If you have a very picky eater who doesn’t easily accept new flavors, colors, and textures, you can finely chop up some veggies into their usual molokheya bowl. Most kids won’t even notice the change. There are also a variety of ways to hide fruits and veggies in other dishes, like the examples found here. It’s also important to communicate to them and be creative in presenting how different foods can benefit their health in different ways. This can generally make them a lot more receptive to trying out your new and exciting food creations.
So, by all means feed your kids molokheya, but make sure you are serving them enough amounts of other fruits and veggies throughout the day so that they would be getting a nutritionally balanced diet. A rainbow of food creates a bright palette of nutrients!