If your kids are anything like mine, the term fruit and veg in a meal can raise holey hell. “Why mum? I had fruit at lunch!”. In our household, we work hard to make sure this is no longer a battle, and that eating well is part of the norm.
No kid will enjoy it all, and that’s ok. But, it’s essential they have a wide variety. There’s a quote out there which says “eat a rainbow a day”. This is prevalent for both adults and children. Different fruits and vegetables have various benefits. Some are great for a healthy heart, others for boosting your immune system and then those that keep your bones healthy. Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables helps to target each of these areas giving your body the boost of nutrients and vitamins it needs.
We’ve created some helpful tips to keep fruits and vegetables a regular staple in your home.
We can’t control everything that happens in our lives, but we can control what we put in to our bodies.
1. Greens are important
I hate the prep of lettuce in a salad, and sometimes it puts me off making it, so again, make things simple. Why not pick up some bagged salad so it’s always to hand. Also when out for food, order a side salad for the table to show the importance of greens in a meal, no matter where you are.
2. Food prep
Instead of keeping your fruit and vegetables in their original packaging, why not cut them up and keep them in the fridge. That way when your kids are looking for a snack, you have lots of options ready for them.
3. Get your vitamins in
We all know how important it is to have your daily dosage of vitamins, so if nothing else, make sure you get your Vitamin A and C in each day. Vitamin A is vital for healthy bones and teeth and foods such as broccoli and carrots are rich in this. Vitamin C is essential for a robust immune system. Foods like oranges and strawberries are a fabulous source of it.
4. Make sure fruits and vegetables are part of every meal or snack
When sending your little ones to school, why not add a piece of fruit or some carrot and cucumber sticks to your child’s lunchbox. Use your pre-prepped vegetables for an after-school snack, and get those veggies on your dinner plate.
If you’re adventurous with your meals, why not swap out meat for vegetables? For example, why not try out vegetarian recipes to see if they take the kids fancy. Lasagne, for instance, is a good one to start with as you can replace the meat with vegetables like courgettes and aubergines etc.