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Green your eats – or, put another way, Eat your Greens?


 

Green your Eats

As every parent knows a healthy diet is
crucial to growing kids, but knowing the theory and putting that into
practice are often a universe apart. Some kids are naturally fussier than
others, but modern parents are reluctant to force a child to eat
something; even if that something is good for their health. 

Most of the vitamins minerals and nutrients
kids need to think, grow and develop a healthy immune system are found in
fruits and vegetables but getting kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables
is a daunting task, yet it is not as hard as you might think.
horn containing fruit

It is hard enough to feed a family of four
adults without including something that someone does not like. Traditional
comfort food can be very unhealthy; dishes such as Macaroni cheese have
very high fat levels and if you buy them readymade they can contain high
sodium levels as well. However there are lots of ways to increase the
vegetables in your kid’s diets without them noticing that their food has
become healthier.

fresh fruit

Get the Kids to Eat More fruit and
vegetables

cauliflower
  • Often kids find eating fruit and
    vegetables unpleasant because they are not exposed to a wide range of different
    textures. Add a bowl of chopped apple, julienned carrots, cut grapes
    to the center of the dinner table. If this does not tempt them then
    add a dip.
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  • To get the kids curious about different
    textures; it is a lot easier to get them to eat one julienned
    vegetable than a plateful. Start small and work up to the bigger
    picture. Modern research indicates that it takes about fifteen times
    for the kids to see a vegetable before they want to try it.
  • Involve the kids in meal planning talk
    to them about the importance of healthy eating. Get them to make a
    colored chart and color in the foods as they eat them this does not
    have to complicated the color of the foods will do. This makes the
    kids competitive as they can see what others in the family are eating
    at a glance.
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  • Don’t make the table a battlefield;
    you want to win the long game not the battle. Forcing children to eat
    food does not achieve anything. However they will be more receptive in
    long term if you are seen to eat fruit and vegetables, be a good role
    model.
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  • Add fresh fruit into their diet every
    day. Cut up a mixture of fruit such as apples, pears and bananas and
    add it to their cereal.
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  • Make a smoothie for breakfast. Use
    different types of fruit frozen berries are perfect as long as they do
    not have added sugar. Whizz (liquidise) a thick Greek type yogurt
    with the fruit and add a touch of honey if it is not sweet enough.
maize - corn on the cob
  • Add vegetables to pasta sauces and to
    meatballs or meatloaf. Good choices are vegetables that are naturally
    sweet such as sweet corn, red bell peppers, carrots or zucchini.
  • Serve at least three vegetables at
    dinner time, a lot of the vegetables cook in minutes, but if you have
    time constraints add a tin of sweet corn to the meal.
  • Get the kids to sign an agreement that
    they will try a different fruit or vegetable every week.
  • Make a homemade soup and add vegetables
    and pulses for added health. Modern research indicates that soup keeps
    you feeling full for longer so if any adults are on a diet this is a
    healthy additive to all the families’ menus.
  • Encourage the kids to make their own
    salads and christen them and add them to the centre of the table. If
    the kids have made it they are more likely to try it.
plate of salad
  • Take the kids to a fruit and vegetable
    farm, this is great because you get to pick fresh fruits and what
    child can resist eating fresh strawberries as they pick.
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  • Cut vegetables and fruits into shapes
    that make them look more interesting.
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  • Make textures more interesting add a
    chocolate sauce to bananas and chopped hazelnuts, cashews; pistachios
    or almonds and dried apricots or cranberries and serve as a healthy
    but unctuous dessert.

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    Baked Bananas, With Added fruit

  • 4 Large Ripe Bananas
  • 100 g Dried Apricots, chopped
  • 75g orange juice
  • 45g Nutella
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 80g Chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 50g Chopped, Toasted Hazelnuts, almonds,
    cashews or pistachios.
half peeled banana

    Preheat the oven to 220c /Fan 200c.

    Skin the bananas and cut them in half
    diagonally and place in an ovenproof dish. 

    Mix together Nutella and
    lemon juice and pour over the bananas.

    Place the apricots in the orange
    juice and heat in the microwave on half power for about four minutes
    until they plump up and scatter them over the bananas. 

    Bake for 20
    minutes, occasionally basting the bananas with the syrup. 

    Make deep
    slits into each of the bananas and push in the chocolate and pop back
    into the oven until the chocolate has melted. Top with toasted nuts.

     

    Article provided courtesy of Professional
    Cookware

    a consumer guide to cookware.