Broccoli is available year-round, but its peak growing season is October through March. During this time the broccoli in your grocery store may have the best flavor (and the best price). Broccoli is often synonymous with “nutritious”. A preschooler serving (1/3 cup) of cooked chopped broccoli provides preschoolers with 80% of the daily value for vitamin C, 30% daily value for vitamin A, and almost 2g of fiber.
However, it is sometimes synonymous with “the vegetable my kids won’t eat”. This doesn’t have to be true. You may have to offer broccoli many times before your preschooler will eat it. You can also try adding it to her favorite foods such as chopped up in macaroni and cheese or spaghetti sauce. One of the best ways to help your preschooler learn to enjoy broccoli is to eat it yourself - Yes, you do need to eat your broccoli!
How your preschooler can help
Let her select a bunch of broccoli at the store. Help her look for dark green, compact buds with none opened to show the yellow flower and a stalk that is not too thick. Teach her new words as you pick out the broccoli; bud, floret, stalk.
At home, have your preschooler wash the broccoli. Shaking extra water from the florets into the sink should be fun for her.
Simple broccoli tastes
Steam or boil broccoli until just cooked. The bright green color is appealing and the texture will be softer than raw, but still crisp. Run under cold water and test for coolness. Cut broccoli into bite size pieces. Then your preschooler can dip these pieces in her favorite dressing or soup. Arrange cut, cooked broccoli into a smiley face on top of her favorite pasta dish.
Make these broccoli dishes for the whole family. Your preschooler can help by washing the broccoli!
Broccoli Recipes adapted from meals.com