When I was young I ate what my parents ate something that I really appreciate now and have carried on this tradition with my children. I mean don’t get me wrong, I do still have the occasional tantrum over eating broccoli but overall my children are pretty adventurous with food.
I do sympathise with parents with children who are fussy eaters. I have therefore come up with 6 tips on how to get fussy children to eat healthier food.
1. Kids who won’t eat vegetables. Suggest when making a tomato based pasta sauce, use passata instead of tinned tomatoes and then add lots of vegetables e.g. onions, carrots, red pepper, celery and mushrooms. Then put the mixture through a blender to disguise the vegetables. Mincemeat can be added to the sauce to make a great pasta sauce. This is a great trick and my children eat all sorts of vegetable without realising it!
2. Introduce variety. My children won’t eat spinach but will eat cannelloni stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach with a pinch of nutmeg!
3. Make it appealing. This time of the year children would have received so many chocolate Easter eggs. Too much in my opinion and I normally end up hiding the excess eggs (out of sight, out of mind!). I have tried melting the chocolate in a bowl over hot water then dipping strawberries (only cover half of the fruit). Chill the strawberries in the fridge until set before serving
4. Try homemade smoothies. I made my family a banana smoothie at the weekend. I used to throw away bananas when they looked over-ripped or decomposed but I discovered that these are perfect for making smoothies as they are so much sweeter than yellow ones. You really don’t need to add any sugar or honey and you also avoid wasting food. In my opinion the key to delicious smoothies is the natural yoghurt used. I have tried all sorts of organic natural yoghurts from supermarkets but none is as good as the Lancashire Farm natural probiotic yoghurt. The quality and taste is superb. I have used different fruits in my recipe e.g. raspberries, blueberries or combinations and the smoothies are delish!
5. Get your child involved in preparation and serving of food also does get them interested.
6. Eat together at the table as kids like to copy eating habits of grown-ups.
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