Six surprising 5 a day for children tips
Unless you are one of the lucky ones whose children happily gobble down broccoli and cauliflower without even trying to hide them under a cabbage leaf, the idea of getting your kids to eat their 5-a-day probably makes you think of that age-old battle involved in getting children to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
But it might surprise you to know that there are some hidden gems lurking in places other than the salad draw that can help you on your way to making sure the 5 a day for children quota is met.
Here are 6 sources you might not have expected that can help towards their 5 a day for children. Check the packaging to see how much counts as a portion:
1. Jars of pasta sauce, ready-made pasta-pouches or tinned pasta shapes contain plenty of tomato and some of the chunkier versions contain other veg, too.
2. Baked beans, other beans and pulses can count as one of your five portions.
3. Canned fruit and veg still count, even though they’re not fresh. That includes tinned tomatoes, so if you add those to a sauce, that’ll count, too.
4. Canned soups containing vegetables, beans or pulses can provide more than one of your 5-a-day if the whole tin is eaten.
5. Muffins made with pureed fruit or even vegetables are great for lunch boxes! Stuff as many fruits or vegetables in as you can, sweeten with honey and brown sugar, and then sit back and enjoy watching them scoff that hidden veg!
6. Dried fruit counts towards their 5-a-day and is also a good source of iron as well.
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