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Eating the seasons and other healthy eating tips

We all want our children to eat a healthy range of foods so that they have nutritionally-balanced diets. The long-term plan: to help them learn to love good food for life. But right now, today, when you’re always so busy and every day is a tired day, it can sometimes feel like you’re knocking your head against your wall.

Here are a few tricks that help me:

Eating the seasons

I try to buy fruit and veg that’s in season when I can. Fruit or veg that is farmed locally – or at least in the UK – hasn’t covered long distances in a plane or in transit. And if it hasn’t been hanging around, it’ll still have much of its vitamin and mineral content. Plus it’s cheaper for you, and helps to support local farmers.

I think it’s also a handy way to liven up your meals – you’re less likely to get stuck in a rut as you’ll be cooking dishes that are a bit different each month.

The trouble is that if you shop mainly in supermarkets, it can be difficult to tell exactly what’s in season. So for a bit of help, I like the Eat the Seasons website. It lists exactly what’s in season each month, from meat and fish to fruit, veg and herbs.

Of course, I do also buy family must-haves out of season, for example cucumbers and, right now, strawberries – sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

Grow (a little) veg

Our garden is teeny but it’s surprising what you can grow in bags and containers. Last year, we grew potatoes and tomatoes. This year we’ll be growing spinach, carrots and peas. We also have a raspberry plant in a container. The kids help choose and plant this year’s crops. Okay, this isn’t about bringing in a mega-harvest, but the kids still seem inspired.

Think colourful

I love the look of a dish that has a dash of green to balance out reds, yellows and browns. I think it looks really cheerful and much more appetising. Even in soup – I’ve nicked my mum’s trick of swirling frozen peas into soup a few minutes before it’s served – it’s another chance to sneak in some extra nutrition. The kids like them too, I promise!

 

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Comments (13)

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

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    We try to eat the seasons at home and I like a lot of colour on my plate! But I have to say I’m a disaster at growing my own veg – we did try several years ago and nothing worked. I’m not cut out to be green fingered! I do like your mum’s tip however about the peas in the soup!

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      Carole Beck

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      I’m no expert but some plants are definitely easier to grow than others, so might be worth trying something different? For me, cut-and-come-again spinach was easy but cauliflower was a disaster…

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    Ness

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    It’s our first year with our allotment so we hope we will be eating very seasonally later this year!

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      Carole Beck

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      Ooh, I’m jealous! I would like an allotment one day. Good luck!

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    Louise

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    Well done you growing your own fruit and veg. We always eat a rainbow of colours and the kids love fruit and veg of all kinds. x

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    Niki - Play & Learn Every Day

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    It makes such a difference when you really make a concious effort to eat seasonally, but those berries end up in my basket all the time too!

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    Liska @NewMumOnline

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    I’m terrible. This house had a veg patch when we moved in and it’s weeds now.
    You are so right in what you say. xx

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    Kara Guppy

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    It is a great idea to eat the seasons, I think we are very spoiled with all the imported food and should be supporting our farmers

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    cass

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    I always eat what’s in season as they’re often the cheapest to buy as well x

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      Carole Beck

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      Sounds like you’re a bit of an expert! And good point re it being cheaper

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    Erica Price

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    We try to eat within the seasons, but we do have things like tomatoes and cucumber all year round.

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      Carole Beck

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      I know where you’re coming from. I think it’s really tricky when you have kids so there are some basics that you just need all year round.

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    Sonia

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    I really need to start growing my own veg, we used to love doing it when we were kids. Digging up the spuds for tea or collecting Tomatoes from the greenhouse :)

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