Have you got a fussy eater? You’re definitely not alone! Around ninety percent of children go through at least one lengthy stage of fussy eating.
It may feel like this phase is taking forever for your child. One week they might love the meal you’ve worked so hard to make for them, the itty bitty shapes you’ve created, the next they’d rather flavour the walls with the same ingredients.
The good news is, the pickiest kids can turn into adventurous eaters with just a bit of perseverance, creativity and a few dollops of patience.With time, your little fussy eater will grow to appreciate different textures and flavours as you introduce new foods and you WILL see positive results.
To help you on your journey with your little one, Kids Club has partnered with Annabel Karmel to bring you 5 clever hacks for fussy eaters.
- Blend vegetables with tomato sauce and serve with pasta
Sneaking vegetables into pasta sauce is a great way to ensure your kids eat some vegetables during the day. And who doesn’t love spaghetti?! Blending vegetables such as spinach and carrots with a pasta sauce will also minimise different food textures that can be an issue for picky eaters. No more ‘strange’ food chunks, and those kids are consuming nutrients without even knowing it!
If you know you’ll be in a messy rush during dinner time, simply pre prepare your veggie sauce mixture, pour it in a jar and place in the fridge until the next time you’re ready to make pasta later in the week.
2. Roasting cauliflower
Roasting cauliflower deepens and sweetens its flavour. After the vegetable caramelises in the oven, you’ll taste a nutty sweetness that tastes quite different from raw cauliflower. And hopefully for your kids – better!
To prepare, simply wash and chop up the vegetable (you can get your kids to help in this step) and drizzle with olive oil and spices of your choosing and roast in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes.
3. Blend vegetables with tomato sauce and serve with pasta
A spiraliser is quite a useful tool in not only turning courgettes into spaghetti, but a fun way to make fun spirally shapes out of other vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, pumpkin or sweet and regular potatoes.
Courgette, or Zucchini spaghetti though is one of our favourites. Annabel Karmels courgette spaghetti is deliciously flavourful and your kids won’t feel like they’re missing out on their favourite carbohydrates.
Spirallisers are easily found online, and easy to use. Once you’ve spiralised your courgettes, lightly fry in olive oil and garlic and remove. Add your preferred ingredients, pasta sauce of your choosing and season. Finish off by combining your spiralised courgettes grated parmesan and presto! You’ll love this recipe as much as your kids will.
4. Roast sweet potatoes in the oven
Similar to cauliflower, roasting sweet potatoes caramelises their natural sugars and can make for a delicious meal when topped with ingredients like grated cheese or smoked paprika. You could prepare a healthy version of a margherita pizza by adding herbs, pasta sauce and cheese.
Alternatively, chop sweet potato up as chips, season and bake for a tasty and nutritious side dish.
For babies, sweet potato puree is an excellent first food. It’s sweet, soft when cooked and is packed with vitamin A. Mix with a bit of your babys milk to make a smooth consistency.
- Note regular potatoes don’t count as your ‘five a day’ so if you are going to give potatoes give sweet potatoes which do count
Ice ‘lollies’ are easy to create and a wonderful alternative to store brought icicles and ice cream. You won’t feel bad offering these sweet treats to your overheated little ones during summer.
Ice lollies are also great for teething babies. They provide some relief for their sore gums and a delicious way toward their five a day. For older kids make sure to get your kids involved, and good luck keeping them patient while the lollies sit in the freezer!
Use seasonal fruits, blend together (or separately to create fun colourful layers) and strain if necessary. Pour your mixture into ice lolly moulds and place in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours or overnight until frozen.
Here are some of our favourite flavour combinations you could try:
- Peach & Passion Fruit
- Mango & Banana
- Mandarin & Peach
- Strawberry & Watermelon
- Carrot, Mango & Orange
- Banana & Pear
- Watermelon, Mango & Banana
- Apple & Pear
- Watermelon & Berry Fruits
Kids Club Child Care Centres have partnered with Annabel Karmel, the bestselling children’s cookery author on a nutritional, delicious menu that turn even the fussiest eaters.
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