Prestige’s top tips for getting the kids involved in Vegetarian Month
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Getting the kids eating vegetables without complaint is no easy feat. They see the colour green, hear the word carrot and run a mile.
This makes embracing vegetarian month a bit of a challenge. But fear not, we have come up with a few sneaky tips to get them eating their greens without even realising it.
Tip one: Work vegetables into their food slowly, start by slipping some peas to their pasta, a small amount each time, but be subtle about it, if they are obvious, children will be put off.
When it comes to snacking, introducing a dip into a veggie meal is proven to work! Snacks like carrot sticks and humous are guaranteed to go down well.
Tip two: Hiding veggies is the way forward especially for those extra fussy eaters. Pizza is a great hiding place. Under the cheese you can fit a whole host of goodness and they’ll be none the wiser. Try this hidden veggie pizza recipe to get some of that all-important spinach into the families favourite meal, leaving you guilt free on pizza night.
Another great hiding place is pasta! It’s no secret that most pasta sauces contain a lot of goodness, but on a busy Monday night the process of chopping, dicing and slicing is just too much. So, for a quicker approach, try our easy peasy pasta recipe, a great way to get in 1 of their 5 a day.
Tip three: Puree. When the vegetables can’t be seen you’re free to pack them into your recipe; they won’t complain about something they can’t see! This method is perfect for sauces and soups. For fussy eaters avoid the chunky vegetable soup recipes, instead give them a smooth silky texture they can’t say no to.
Tip four: Bitterness is one of the main reasons that kids dislike eating their veg. One way to soften the taste is by using butter, and lots of it! Creating a creamy, smoother taste that the kids won’t turn their nose up at.
Tip five: How about drinking your vegetables? Smoothies are mostly fruit based but some recipes have the added benefit of sneaking in veggies with the sweetness of fruit covering the bitterness and making it delicious for the kids. Try these kid friendly fruit and veg smoothies, perfect for a quick, healthy breakfast. Or give green a go with our very own coconut and kale recipe.
Tip six: For something a little less devious on your part why not teach them to grow and pick it themselves. It’s a well-known fact that freshly picked veg looks a lot more appealing, not only this but for children to see where it came from encourages them to have a taste, you never know they might just like it.
Tip seven: If all else fails, there’s always the classic ‘No pudding until you eat your vegetables’ and with a desert like this luxurious chocolate fondant who could say no!