LET’S TRY BEETS
Use the “magic formula” of the three E’s—expose, explore, and expand—to introduce your kids to this root vegetable.
These bright-red veggies are supernutritious and surprisingly sweet. Here, Melanie Potock, a pediatric feeding specialist and author of Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables With 100 Easy Activities and Recipes, gives you three ways to help your kids learn to love ’em! EXPOSE Make a beet tattoo. Food play helps kids build confidence to try something new. In this case, you can use beets to make temporary tattoos! Slice off the root and place it stem side up in an inch of boiling water. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, until tender. Once cool, press a mini cookie cutter into the bottom and cut away around the shape. Let kids lick the stamp, press it onto their skin and hold for a minute. Voilà! They’ll have a pretty, light-pink tattoo. EXPLORE Have a taste. A dip is a great way to start. Blend 2 small cooked beets, 1 banana, 2 Tbs. plain yogurt, and 1 Tbs. honey until smooth. Serve with apples. EXPAND Be bold with a sauté. Chop 3 large bunches of beetgreen stems into 1-in. pieces, and tear the leaves into bite-size ones. Sauté the stems in 1 Tbs. olive oil and 2 Tbs. chopped crystallized
ginger. Add the leaves and toss with 1 Tbs. apple-cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, until wilted.
ERASE STAINS Stuck with pink fingers? Rub them with a piece of raw potato under running water. Works like magic!