Savvy ways to five-a-day

Want your young­ster to love eat­ing veg­eta­bles? Here’s how…


We all want our lit­tle ones to eat more veg­gies. Most ba­bies are happy to eat a range of veg at the wean­ing stage but, by the time they’re tod­dlers, have mas­tered the art of fling­ing those green beans across the kitchen! ‘Don’t panic,’ says nu­tri­tion­ist Sam Perkins. ‘In these early years, you’re only at the be­gin­ning of your child’s jour­ney of grow­ing up to eat a healthy diet, com­plete with lots of veg. Think long-term, step back and re­lax. You can’t make your child eat his veg, but there’s lots you can do to help him want to. Veg­eta­bles are an im­por­tant part of his diet,’ she con­tin­ues, ‘and con­tain key vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­ents. But at this stage, you should sim­ply be aim­ing for five tastes of fruit and veg a day. A small-but-happy mouth­ful of cau­li­flower or roasted parsnip is bet­ter than a sulked-over bowl of greens, be­cause it gives your lit­tle one a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.’ And that way, he’ll carry on en­joy­ing veg­gies as he grows up.

So are you ready to set the stage for your young­ster to love veg? It’s time to start a veg­etable revo­lu­tion in your home…

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