Peas: The Gateway Green Vegetable
Kale is all the rage these days. It’s touted as a super food for its superior nutrition but the average kid isn’t going to bring a wilted piece of kale within five inches of his or her sweet little lips for two reasons usually. One: it is green. Two: it is a leaf. So what is a parent to do? You could get into a battle over dinner about the kale that has found its way to your child’s plate or you could escort a new little guy into town. Welcome my friends to the gateway green vegetable – the pea.
This underestimated power ball eases your child into the vegetable gate. The pea makes them comfortable with the color of green and assures them not all vegetables are bitter. The pea can mix and match with almost any recipe and reminds your child that they do in fact like vegetables.
Peas are saturated with vitamin C. Approximately 67% of their daily value is contained in only 3.5 ounces. Thought calcium was only in cow’s milk – think again. Peas contain calcium – a mineral essential to brain health. The sweet little green pea has even more nutritional ammunition: vitamin B-6, vitamin A, manganese, iron (nope, it’s not just in beef), and magnesium. Dr. Mercola suggests, “peas limit neuronal damage in the brain that can cause diseases like Alzheimer’s.” Not only this, they have anti-inflammatory properties which work away at preventing the development of type-2 diabetes in your child all the while regulating blood-sugar levels to keep a stable mood.
The small pea has a mighty purpose. It nourishes your child while helping you make little changes for your little children. Roll out the peas and soon enough your children will work their way up to all the green vegetables you offer. Sometimes a gateway is all you need.