Let's face it; getting kids to eat a healthy balanced diet can be hard. On the whole children are not adventurous eaters, and as many will turn their noses up at the mere suggestion of a vegetable many parents are left having to bribe or beg their children to eat their greens.
However, it’s easier than you think to get vitamins and minerals into your kids’ diets; all you need is a little imagination and a lot of patience. So here are three ideas to get you started straight away.
Blitz it altogether
The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is never truer than when applied to children’s diets. Many will refuse to even touch a mushroom, but blitz it into tiny pieces in a tomato sauce, and they won’t even know it’s there.
This method works best for pasta sauces where lots of vegetables can be liquidised and hidden. Try adding courgettes, onions, garlic and mushrooms for a tasty sauce that’s easy to swallow.
Get them cooking
Getting your children involved in the cooking process is another great way to get them eating a wider variety of foods.
Kids that wouldn’t even take a bite of a dish presented to them by you will happily gulp down something of their own creation.
If you’re trying this for the first time, a good one to start with is pizza. You can either buy a ready made base, or if you’ve got the time, make it from scratch – your kids will love the kneading, throwing and rolling process.
You can pre-chop a range of vegetables and cheeses and have some sliced meat on hand too. Then simply let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they create their teatime feasts.
Order a takeaway
This one may seem counter-intuitive but these days many take away meals include healthy options, and are perfect as an occasional treat as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
And with around 17,000 food delivery restaurants easily accessible on the internet, you’re bound to find one that in the food that you and your family like.
Include your children in choosing the takeaway and picking their meals, that way when the food arrives they’ll be excited about eating it, vegetables and all.