Chances are you're beginning to see your grocery store full of zucchini, a common summer squash. Zucchini comes in yellow, green, or light green colors and is oblong or round in shape.
Zucchini is easy to prepare in a variety of ways, and it's an excellent source of vitamin A, from beta carotene, and vitamin C. Just 1/3 of a cup of cooked zucchini provides these two important antioxidants for your preschooler. Research shows that about 25% of preschoolers may not be getting the vitamin A they need each day*. Adding zucchini to your preschooler's diet can help.
How your preschooler can help
Show your preschooler the different colors and shapes of zucchini in the store. Let her handpick the ones she would like to try.
Before you use the zucchini, have your preschooler wash it in cold water.
Simple zucchini sauté
Slice chosen zucchini thinly and sauté in butter or oil until just tender for an easy and delicious side dish or pasta topping. Or add it to your favorite pasta sauce or casserole.
* NESTLÉ FITS 2008 and Based on Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs) defined by the FDA for use in developing percent Daily Values for Nutrition Labeling. Federal Register. 1993, 58(3): 2213
Zucchini recipes adapted from meals.com