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How to FEED YOUR FAMILY MORE VEG

David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl share their best tips for getting children to eat veg

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could invent a magical pill that could make children eat all their vegetables, clear their plates after dinner, never wake their parents in the mornings and only ask for ice cream and cookies on Saturdays? How easy life would be for us.

Well, we don’t have that pill yet, but what we have instead is this list. Here we have gathered together all our thoughts, tips and methods on how to get your little (and big) ones to try out new flavours and eat some more greens.

1 Start early

This obviously won’t help anyone with older children, but if you have a baby, try to give him or her proper food (when they start on solid food). Focus on a variety of vegetables, wholegrains (cooked and puréed) and not too much sweet food too early. You’ll make it easier for yourself later on.

2 Crank up the heat

Roasting vegetables and roots on a high heat in the oven gives them a char, a sweet caramelisation and that crunchy-on-theoutside- but-soft-in-the-middle texture that many children like.

3 Veggie-boost food that you know they like

Blend spinach or carrots and add to pancakes; mix quinoa into burger patties or sneak lentils into their favourite pasta sauce.

4 Divide and conquer

Instead of putting a big salad or a mixed vegetable pasta on the table, try a tapas approach using the same ingredients. A lot of children like to eat one thing at a time. Divide the foods into separate bowls and watch your children conquer new ingredients that they never would have tried if they were mixed into a salad.

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Find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to lunchtime ideas or breakfast on the hop? What you need is the May issue of Vegan Food & Living, which is packed with delicious recipes for food on the go, from tasty picnic options to easy lunches. Also this issue, we reveal how to get your kids eating more veg, share budget recipes which you can whip up for just £1 per portion and perfect our patisserie making skills. If that's not enough, we also show you how to plan a zero-waste vegan wedding, share top tips for cutting down on your plastic usage, and explore why more men aren't vegan. Find all this and much more in the May issue of Vegan Food & Living