As we are all very aware, there's nothing more nutritious for our kids than fresh veg. It really makes me smile to see my children eat vegetables, not only because it's a fairly rare occurrence...but because I know how much goodness is going into their growing little bodies.
Fortunately my two do like sweetcorn, it's been a slow burner for my 5yr old but he's come around to liking corn over the past couple of months, phew. It's a big relief as there's very few other vegetables he will eat.
However there's still a few tricks I find that work for me in terms of encouraging vegetables to be eaten more often and this normally always includes hiding them somehow. So, either by including them in savoury muffins such as sweetcorn and ham (OK they're not sweet but we still call them cakes to the kids). Add to pasta sauces and blend if need be so no lumps are noticed, or similarly make into a soup and blend until smooth. I also make fruit crumble quite regularly as whilst my two are generally more keen on fruit, I can still include fruits in a crumble that they wouldn't eat on their own (such as rhubarb and ginger, yum).
You can find out lots more tips from other parents along with some great recipes too on the Green Giant Facebook page.
What would your best tips be for encouraging kids to to eat their 5-a-day?
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Please tell me what your favourite tips or tricks might be (by leaving a comment below) as to how you encourage your children to enjoy their fruit and vegetables? Or any problems you face with this issue and how you deal with them?
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Competition Terms & Conditions: For your chance to win an Abel & Cole vegetable box , write your best tips/hints/advice in the blogger comment box before the 14/11/2011. Entrants must be over 18 and residents of the UK or ROI - Prize is one Abel & Cole vegetable box (no cash alternative) -There will be 1 winner. The winning post will be decided based on the following criteria: uniqueness/creativity/originality. By entering the competition, you agree that your hint/tip may be shared on Green Giant’s Facebook page and used by Green Giant in any other media.
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