Broccoli and brussels sprouts…they’re definitely not high on the list of the most loved veggies out there. However, they’re incredibly good for you so we’ve come up with some ways to get the little humans in your life to eat them too!

Broccoli and brussels sprouts are both members of the cruciferous vegetable family. Other members of this family include; cabbage, kale, cauliflower and bok choy. Cruciferous veggies pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value and inflammation fighting capabilities. They are rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K, and dark green cruciferous veggies are also an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Cruciferous veggies are rich in phytonutrients which help to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. The benefits just keep on going! They’re also rich in fibre and low in calories, leaving you feeling full and satisfied!

Below are some ways to try incorporating these nutrient-dense veggies into your child’s diet!

Cauliflower mash/puree

Aka a healthy mashed potato equivalent! Simply boil a chopped cauliflower head, drain and mash. Add a bit of butter and a splash of milk for a creamy side dish the kids will love!

Cheesy broccoli

Cheese is a foolproof way of getting your little ones to eat veggies, because who doesn’t love cheese? Chop up a broccoli head, boil for five minutes or so and then drain. Place the broccoli on a lined baking tray, top with grated cheese and bake in the oven until the cheese has melted. Yummo!

Roasted brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts…perhaps the most difficult veggie to get kids to eat. Try roasting them for something a little different! Cut off the ends of the sprouts and then slice each in half. Toss them in a bowl with some olive oil, honey, garlic, salt and a little bit of pepper. Place them on a lined baking tray, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and pop in the oven at 200℃ until golden. You could even add some diced bacon for a bit of added saltiness!

We hope these cooking ideas help your kids to learn to enjoy the veggies that are a little less loved than others! Do you have some clever ways to get your kids to eat cruciferous veggies? Let us know in the comments!

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