Beta-Carotene: The Kid-Friendly Nutrient That’s Easy on the Eyes

The provider of eye-catching color in carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes, beta-carotene is transformed in the body to our eyes’ best friend – vitamin A. Where to find it and one A+ recipe.

If vitamin A is a super nutrient, then consider beta-carotene the Clark Kent of good health.

The pigment that gives many veggies and fruits their orange or red pigment, beta-carotene transforms into vitamin A in our bodies.

Kid-Friendly Cauliflower: The Benefits of a Storied Veggie (and a Recipe)

Cauliflower is good for a kid’s growing bones, muscles and digestive system. It’s also a great source of immunity-boosting vitamin C. But how to get kids interested? Perhaps with a bit of history.

Here’s a way to interest your kids in that head of cauliflower: Tell them it’s nearly 2,000 years old and was discovered by an army commander of the Roman Empire.

Pretty lofty, huh? But the humble-looking veggie’s nutritional value is just as impressive as its roots.

The Sweet Potato: A Sweetheart of a Meal Maker for Little Sweetie Pies

Chock-full of essential nutrients including vitamins A and, the sweet potato has become a sweetheart of American meals. It’s among the most versatile of veggies in the produce section, as these recipes will prove, and it’s easy to find year round. Just don’t call it a yam.

If a sweet potato could talk, it likely would tell you this: “I yam not your typical tuber!”

True enough, sweet potatoes are pretty darn special.

Veggies Against the (Common) Cold: Mother Nature’s Best Defense

The picture of health might look a lot like a broccoli floret. Lots of veggies pack a high dose of immunity-building vitamin C. Here’s a look at some of the best C-rich veggies for cold season.

We’ll tell you one thing Peter Piper never picked: his nose.

And thanks to all of those peppers he picked, he probably didn’t have to blow it much, either.

This is because peppers,

The ABCs of Veggies: Finding Vitamins in Nature’s Healthiest Foods

The basics of nutrition can be as simple as A,B,C – and D,E,K. Let’s look at the different vitamins we find in veggies and how they benefit growing bodies.

In the classroom a C may be considered average. In a child’s body, however, a C is as important as an A, a B and sometimes even a K.

Indeed, if a child’s body were a classroom, the letter grades that matter most apply to vitamins,