Eat Yer Greens!
They’re rich in antioxidants, vital nutrients and fibre, so why is it so hard for children to get on board with fruit and vegetables?
Many a tired evening is spent around the dinner table trying to get children to even recognise that piece of broccoli on their plate, but we have a few tricks up our sleeve that may just help…
Taste the Rainbow
Place a plate of green vegetables in front of a child and no wonder their automatic response is no! However, if you get all the wonderful colours our fruit and veg afford us from ripe red strawberries and tomatoes, to the vibrant purple of beetroot and cabbage, and have fun with their veg. We find the best way to present an edible rainbow is on a pizza base, as it’s still fun, they feel like they’re getting a treat but it’s also nutritious!
You can also win brownie points by telling them their rainbow loving unicorn friends prepared it especially for them!
Play with your Food
Going against absolutely everything we’ve ever been taught at the dinner table, encourage some play with fruit and veg. We have some really fun ideas on how to create some animals using everything from grapes to carrots in our Kiddies Kitchen section on the website. Give it a go, and make sure to tag @EUROSPAR_NI if you’re sharing any of your creations!
Picking fruit can also be really good play for children as it gets them out in to the fresh air. It’s not yet the season for strawberries, raspberries and blackberry bushes to burst to life, but it’s a good time to plant some seeds and look forward to the first fruit coming through in the summer.
Hide and Seek
Do your children love a bit of spaghetti Bolognese? Of course they do because it’s the messiest of all the dinner dishes! That beautiful red sauce has the potential to be absolutely packed full of healthy, whizzed up vegetables and tinned tomatoes, meaning you can squeeze in their five a day, even if it is laden with cheese.
Speaking of Cheese…
Look, we’re not saying this should happen every day, but we all know a good way to make vegetables a little more palatable is to melt some cheese on top. But you could also start disguising vegetables in some cheesy dishes, like adding some slices of carrot and butternut squash to potato dauphinoise.
Smoothie does it
Making your own smoothies isn’t just tasty, it’s also really fun and the ideal way of ensuring the kids enjoy some fruit. The best thing about a smoothie is that anything goes, really. Encourage them to choose their own berries, pop into a food processor or smoothie maker with a banana and a splash of nut milk or orange juice, and you’ve got a fun Saturday snack for all to enjoy.
Check out The Greengrocer’s, our range of fresh and local fruit and vegetables. We’ve worked with our top growers and producers to bring the freshest produce to the shelves of our EUROSPAR Community Supermarkets.