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A Little More Veg - quick and easy ideas for fussy eaters, including snacks

Who doesn’t want their kids to eat a little more veg? Below are 5 quick and easy ideas for healthy meals including snacks; even for fussy eaters.
 
1. Roasting veg brings out the sweetness in veg so why not try something like crunchy parsnip chips. If you’re in a hurry why not try this roast parsnip seasoning from Marks and Spencer (see below?). 
 
m&s book
 
2.   If your kids won’t appreciate the label ‘parsnip chips’, then use a different term like’ crunchy  strips’ . Some kids don’t like a term like chips when they’re not the ‘real thing’ like potato chips. Labels can change our perception even before we see the food.
 
3. If your kids like crunchy textures like raw carrot, why not try a similar but different veg like raw, peeled sweet potato as below (they taste nothing like raw white potato!). You can serve them like the raw carrot with a dip etc.
 
carrot stick
 
4. Vary presentation. We all eat with our eyes. Have your kids ever refused to try something just with one look? Try serving veg together with other foods like fruit (as well as dried fruit), as in this ‘red snack buffet’ from http://www.superhealthykids.com.
 
fruit cake tin
 
5. Why not build on favourite foods like pizza? If you’re in a hurry why not use wholemeal pittas as a base and use whatever toppings you like as below.
 
crakers
 
Sometimes it might take something minor to change your fussy eater's  mind about a veg. 
The above information is general only and does not apply to everyone. If you’re looking for personalised, healthy eating support and advice for your child, why not consider booking a consultation with me? Email me at colette@growinghealthyeaters.ie
 
 
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BA (Psych), MSc (Health Psych), PhD (Health Promotion), Member of AHPI, BTEC (Nutrition & Health Coaching), IINH Certified

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