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Evesmama Wed 12-Jan-05 20:29:47

just found this off a site linked to msn..thought it looked useful??

10 ways to make your kids turn green
by Joanna Lamiri

Tired of struggling to get your children to eat vegetables? Give these tried-and-tested ideas a go
If you’ve ever had one of those weeks where the only green thing that’s gone into your child’s mouth is a piece of lego, then you know how difficult it can be to get them to eat the smallest spoonful of spinach, let alone five portions of vegetables a day.


Here are some ideas that have worked for me. They mostly consist of disguise – sneaky, but effective. If they don’t work for you, remember that yesterday’s hated vegetable may become tomorrow’s favourite. Research has shown that children need to be introduced to food up to eight times before they will accept it, so the message is simple – keep trying.

Children love things to be visually appealing, so try designing edible faces with carrot circles for eyes, strips of pepper for eyebrows, baby sweetcorn for the nose and broccoli pieces for the mouth. Kids will enjoy helping with the composition, especially if you deliberately make a few anatomical mistakes. Add wild hairdos with shredded cabbage, watercress or courgette ribbons.
Introduce colour into your children’s diet with stir-frying. It’s quick, so they get to see instant results. Try stir-frying peas, pepper strips, beansprouts and Chinese cabbage, or a mixture of sweetcorn, small chunks of carrot and peas.
Lightly cooked carrots, broccoli and peas puréed with tomato sauce makes a great pasta sauce.
My two-year-old, who recently decided she hates broccoli, happily ate it when I mashed the florets of some cooked broccoli into the sauce of her macaroni cheese.
A pile of raw grated carrot often goes down better than a heap of cooked discs.
Cut courgettes into ribbons before cooking them.
Use a ridged grill pan to give a stripy effect to vegetables – tiger peppers, anyone?
Roast butternut squash and sweet potatoes instead of boiling them – this brings out a sweetness that children love.
Get them involved. Enlist the help of older children to help thread cherry tomatoes, chunks of cucumber and pieces of carrot on to kebab sticks, then dip them into houmous, cottage cheese or soft cheese. Or ask them to help mix a salad – it may actually persuade them it’s worth eating.
Don’t overcook vegetables. Steaming or microwaving retains more nutrients than boiling. Although babies need mushy textures, older children prefer a little ‘bite’ and may like to eat their veggies as finger foods.

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