Have you raised fussy eaters? Try these 9 sneaky ways to help your kids to get their daily fruit and veg
Do your kids scream at the sight of vegetables or cry when you try and feed them anything other than pizza and chips? You’re not alone. Here are some handy hints to help them get their five-a-day without the tears and tantrums.
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If you don’t already own a hand blender, now’s the time to invest. By blending down veggies, you can hide them in all sorts of sauces and your kids will be none-the-wiser.
Try adding your own blended veggies to this basic tomato sauce recipe
Try when you can to eat together and the same food. Research has shown that kids respond well when they see parents and older brothers and sisters eating up their veg, so show them how you eat your greens and they should follow suit.
Try our cheap, family recipes for all-round winners.
The smaller the veg, the more likely your kids are to eat it. It’s as simple as that, so try and reduce down chunky, unappealing lumps to thin strips of goodness.
Try grated carrot in sandwiches like this one with houmous.
You might think you do this already by saying things like ‘You can’t have any ice cream unless you eat up your peas’ but this might actually be having the opposite effect.
By making ice cream the treat, you’re ingraining into your kids that peas are horrible and junk food’s great. Try saying ‘If you’re good and eat up your dinner this week, we can go and do something fun on the weekend’. It doesn’t label foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and you still get them to eat well.
Reward them with these ideas for family days out.
Shop bought smoothies can be pricey, but blending down your own make a healthy and nutritious drink for your kids after school. No more fizzy pop, these drinks will satisfy their thirst, bump up their five-a-day count and they’ll love helping to make them too.
Try our smoothie recipes.