National Eat Your Vegetables Day is an annual celebration that is enthusiastically observed by us here at The Baby Pantry. Celebrated annually on June 17, National Eat Your Vegetables Day is an opportunity for us to remind everyone to include vegetables in their daily diet.
The word “vegetable” come from the Latin vegetare, meaning “to enliven or animate”. The name is appropriate, as vegetables do truly give us life. Vegetables provide the broadest range of nutrients and phytochemicals, especially fibre and carotenes, of any food class. They are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein, and the little fat they contain is in the form of essential fatty acids
Especially good for babies starting their first food journey, vegetables are perfect for babies’ developing brain, digestive and immune systems – getting the right foods at this early stage of life can have a profound lifetime effect on your baby’s adult health status.
All The Baby Pantry’s products are packed with nutritious veges, especially our Gorgeous Greens, which contains broccoli, potato, peas, green beans, garlic and herbs and our Vege Medley, an orange wonder food containing carrot, pumpkin, herbs and parsnip or turnip – YUM!!
As part of the main meal or as a snack, each vegetable has its own nutritional content, though generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates. They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. Many vegetables also contain fibre, important for gastrointestinal function.
Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.
When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may also help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers. The potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
The greatest gift you can give to your baby is to encourage a lifetime love of vegetables and create an awareness of nutrition and the role it plays in a healthy lifestyle.
Vegetables, what’s not to love anyway?