You know how some great discoveries happen randomly? Well, I recently discovered that my preschoolers will eat fruits and veggies that appeal to their developing fine motor skills.
If they can peel it, they will eat it.
Packed full of protein and shown to improve verbal memory, soybeans are munching powerhouse for children, especially those who aren’t keen on meat or dairy.
The other night, I quickly boiled a few handfuls of soybeans (a.k.a edamami), let them cool off and offered them to my girls. I demonstrated how to open them up and gasped about how cool it was to find something inside that we could eat.
They each plowed through the pile and had fun doing it. Yay! You can find soybeans in your frozen food aisle.
Small, sweet and seedless, “cutie” mandarins are the perfect healthy snack to throw into a diaper bag or purse. At home, plunk your child at a table and hand them their cutie. Start the peeling for them and let them do the rest. (It’ll give you about five minutes of free time.) My girls loved learning how to peel their “little oranges.”
What other snacks are fun for kids to pull, pick or peel apart?