If you have kids, then you’ll know how difficult it is to get them to eat vegetables and fruit.
The constant bombardment of TV adverts showing ‘exciting’ junk foods doesn’t help in this battle, and a supermarket shopping trip can turn into a nightmare (there’s a reason why they have chocolates, biscuits and potato chips stacked up right next to the tills!)
Here at Chef Remi, we are real advocates of homemade meals, but we also know how difficult it is to get your little ones to appreciate natural foods when it seems like everyone around them is eating processed rubbish.
The key to getting any child to actually enjoy eating fruit and vegetables is to make them as appealing as possible.
We’ve created a list of things you can do right now that make fruit and vegetable more exciting as well as more palatable to young mouths.
1) Make celery easy to eat
The reason why most children (and adults) don’t like celery is because of the stringy bits that get stuck in between teeth.
Simply shave off the curved sides with a Y-peeler (that's where all those fibers are).
Your kids (and the adults in your life) will love celery again!
2) Make a ‘monster’ salad
Cut a watermelon into half (you only need half a melon to create one 'monster').
Cut the half melon into two portions; one portion should be 2/3rds to create the monster 'head', and the other 1/3rd for the monster 'jaw'.
Now use your vegetable peeler to peel about an inch and half thickness of the skin from the cut end of each portion (leave the rest of the skin intact).
Use a knife to create triangular 'white teeth' into the skinless part.
Gouge out an 'eye socket' on the bigger piece and place a berry in there to create an eye.
Now arrange both pieces on a big plate, and fill the monster's mouth with any fruit you like. Kids won't eat fruit? They will when they're taking them out of a monster's mouth!
3) Ditch the jars of tomato sauce and make your own
Jars of tomato sauce can be full of additives. And it’s really not difficult to make your own when you know how.
Tomatoes are difficult to skin, but not if you use a cheese grater!
Just halve your tomatoes and grate, skin on.
You'll find the pulp pops out and the skin is left in your hands!
Problems opening some of the jars and bottles? Use our no-muscles-required jar opener with 8 sizes of circular openings. It gives you ten times more leverage, making opening any jar or bottle easy, even with arthritic hands.
4) Sneak ‘superfood’ Avocado into their foods
We found 3 very inventive ways to use avocado in such a way, they’ll never know it’s there!
5) Add the goodness of lemon into foods
Too much lemon juice can overpower foods. And yet, it’s just so nutritious!
Instead, freeze lemons (or limes) and then use a grater to grate the flesh, and add it to rice, ice cream, salads etc.
6) Add fresh herbs into foods
Most children turn their noses up at herbs, but just use your kitchen shears to snips small bits of herbs directly over salads, soups, casseroles... anything and everything!
Yes, it’s only a small amount, but add herbs to everything, and the cumulative effect will make a massive difference to the nutrients going into them.
And using shears means you don’t have to get a knife and board out each time!
We’re not saying that your children will stop craving Oreos overnight!
But by making fruit and vegetables more palatable, and fun, you at least have a fighting chance of getting some wholesome goodness into them!