I am so excited today that I am starting to blog again. This time about ‘healthy’ food, and my journey to develop A’s ‘healthy‘ food palette. I chose to launch this month as its a special month for me, it’s Vegetarian Awareness month. It’s special to me because, not only am I a vegetarian, but I am also currently working on getting my 2 year old to eat more raw vegetables. This month my focus is to get him to eat as many veggies as possible, be it raw or cooked.
In the recent past, I have realized that the food we consume directly impacts our mind and body, thus the saying ‘We are what we eat‘. Ever since, I have started to make healthier choices for our family, atleast I try to as much as I can. I have also realized that, a lot of our food habits are inculcated during our childhood years. Thus for me time is precious, as these are the formative years for my child to build his food palette. Although A likes quite a few vegetables like green beans, tomatoes, carrots, bottle gourd, peas, onions etc., but cucumbers are his favorite. So here are some ideas on fun ways to serve cucumber (from top to bottom, right to left)
- Green cupcakes. Wash and peel the cucumber skin alternately. Slice the cucumber into thick 1/5 inch slices. Decorate it with a spoon of Organic Greek Honey Yogurt or Cilantro-Mint Chutney and top it off with Blueberry.
- Sorted Shapes. These days it is all about different shapes for A. I used PopChef to make stars and hearts out of the cucumber slices. I sometimes also use cookie cutter to make other shapes.
- Cucumber Chip & Dip. So this one is not only fun finger food, but also helps them develop fine motor skills and coordination making them feel independent. Sliced cucumbers dipped in Yogurt and Cilantro-Mint Chutney.
- Elmo Look-A-Like. Slice the cucumber in thick 1/2 inch slices. For the eyes, top them with Cream Cheese and Blueberies. For the mouth, top the slice of cucumber with Cilantro-Mint Chutney and Shredded Cheese. Easy isn’t in?
- Cucumber Grape Cup. Slice the cucumber into a thick inch slice. Scoop out the seeds to make a cup and fill it up with seasonal fruits. These days, A is loving exploring the table grapes as they resemble raisins. Once he finished the raisins, he loved biting into the cucumber.
Some Benefits of eating Cucumbers
- It is an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, biotin, phosphorous and vitamin B1.
- Cucumbers are 95% water, thus they keep are body hydrated and helps our body eliminate toxins.
- High water content and dietary fiber aid in digestion and can be regarded as a remedy for constipation.
- Sterols, potassium and magnesium in cucumbers have shown to regulate blood pressure.
If you have more fun ideas to serve cucumbers either for adults or kids, please feel free to share. Thanks.