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To Hide or Not To Hide

To Hide or Not To Hide

pasta

Do you sometimes hide some vegetables in a meal? You can simply cut the veggies in tiny pieces and add them to a pasta sauce for example.  Or you may even take the blender out of the cupboard so all the bits totally disappear, problem solved, no discussion to be expected.

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Sow, Grow and Eat with kids

Sow, Grow and Eat with kids

Chapter 2: Waiting, excitement, disappointment and first harvesting

Finally the weather has warmed up. Things are moving quickly in the garden now, so time for an update. Lots has happened since I wrote my first chapter about our vegetable garden. We have waited and waited for seeds to sprout, we have been excited about some sprouting and disappointed about quite a few not moving at all. We even had our very first little harvesting already.

kids in the garden kids in the garden

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Why we grow vegetables at home

Why we grow vegetables at home

Beetroot

Since we moved from London to Kent we have a garden with a vegetable garden.  During the first Spring we lived here, I immediately started to grow vegetables.  With little ones and pregnancy bums, I couldn’t always spend as much time in the garden as needed, but I did what I could and tried to involve the kids whenever they let me.

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Sow, grow and eat with kids

Sow, grow and eat with kids

kids in the garden

Chapter 1: Preparing the soil and first sowing session of the year

I was the luckiest mum on Mother’s Day this year, it was the day I got to start working on the vegetables of the new season. It was pretty cold still, but it was dry and my three kids were keen to make a start with me. This is what we did on Mother’s Day and the following days:

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7 amazing benefits of cooking with your children

7 amazing benefits of cooking with your children

koken met kinderen

I think cooking is a fabulous activity to do together with the kids. It is a fantastic activity that combines so many things in one single activity. It is fun, it is useful, it is spending quality time, and not in the least, it is an opportunity to learn about numerous things: it allows you to talk about health, about maths, about sustainability, about economics,… and I can keep going.

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Taster plates

Taster plates

taster plate

If you have read my post about teaching variation, you know I think it is very important to teach our kids to eat a great variety of different types of food. I came up with 7 main reasons why.  I described a first way of working on teaching the kids variation in my apple post. Simply introduce more variation in the way you prepare and serve completely accepted types of food. If you do this on a regular basis, you are preparing them to become even more adventurous with their food. They will more easily try things they haven’t eaten before. Trying new things is something you can learn, something that you children can learn as well.     Eventually it becomes a habit, something very natural.

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Teaching variety: 5 different ways to eat a raw apple

Teaching variety: 5 different ways to eat a raw apple

An apple a day...

If you read my post about teaching variety to kids you’ll know I really want to teach my kids to eat a great variety of different kinds of food. If you would like that too, but you don’t know where to start and you are worried they won’t appreciate your efforts, I suggest to make a slow and easy start.  A first step in teaching variation is to start varying the way you offer  and present well known and accepted types of food, like for example an apple. An apple a day makes the doctor stay away, so where better to start??

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Soup of the week

Soup of the week

tomatensoep

Did you know soup is something of all times?  It appears to be the case that even the cave people had soup in their time.  More than ten thousand years later, we still love soup.  These days people eat soup all over the world, it exists in numerous flavours and textures.

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7 reasons why I want my kids to eat a great variety of foods

7 reasons why I want my kids to eat a great variety of foods

Variety of foods

Personally I think having a great variety in the foods we eat is one of the most important aspects of healthy eating.  Maybe that is also the hardest for kids, but it is the initial concept, it is fundamental, that is where I want to start. Apart from it being healthy, there are some other reasons why I think it is simply essential for more fun in life as well. Here is my list:

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