One of the hardest parts of being a parent is getting your child to eat fruit and veg. Those pesky greens create a problem every meal time and we know you’re not alone in this. However, we’ve put together a few tips to make your lives easier and their lives healthier!
Getting your children to eat healthy from a young age is key. Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and antioxidants, which are vital in the development of a child. With nearly 10% of children in their first year of school being classed as obese, it is more important than ever to get those greens into your children’s diet.
Try Before you buy
Introducing children to new vegetables can be tricky. If you fill a plate full of sprouts the likelihood of your child eating them is very low. However, if you place a few on their plate to begin with they’re more likely to give one a try. Another idea is to create a reward scheme. Start a sticker chart and each new vegetable they try, they get a sticker and a reward at the end of the week.
Hide and Seek
Hiding vegetables in other foods is a great way of getting in those pesky greens. Incorporating vegetables into a pasta sauce is a great idea. Chop them up really small and stick to more neutral colours, rather than some bright yellow sweetcorn that is going to look unusual to them. This is a great tip as they won’t even know they’re in there. Once they start eating them, you can eventually make the pieces bigger and start incorporating them into other meals.
Make it Fun
At Pasta Di Piazza we obviously love pizza, so we have a trick to make it a little healthier but still delicious. Why not have a homemade pizza night and create pizza faces. Pepper for a mouth, spinach for some ears and chopped up cherry tomatoes for eyes. Adding fun into the cooking process will help to make dinner time a lot more enjoyable and create a healthier but equally yummy alternative.
If you fancy a delicious yet healthier alternative come into Pasta Di Piazza and add as many greens as you like on your child’s pizza!