Feeding plant-based foods to kids can be quite stressful especially for growing children as they can be fussy at times. Some parents may find it difficult to offer plant-based options to their kids, especially if their children are choosy and picky on foods.
|Children do get bored easily by monotonous foods and they require variety in taste and presentation. Younger children are often influenced by their peers and may question about the choice of food they eat. Hence, to keep them occupied and not compromise on healthy eating, a colourful rainbow pattern always helps. What it requires is a little creativity!
Here are some ideas for colourful foods on your kid’s plate:
1) Use variety of vegetables
Cut veggies into different shapes, stir fry them and use it as a filling for tacos or wraps. Bell peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage, and carrots are easily available and take less cooking time. Children love cut vegetables and the most favourite shape is star shape. So, cut the vegetables and fruits in different shapes to make them more appealing.
2) Make a colourful fruit salad
Fruit salads are kids’ favourites and healthy also, add seasonal fruits with apples, bananas, oranges, grapes and berries. Top them with almonds and nuts, and add a scoop of vegan ice cream. Kids would love this!
3) Rice can be colourful too
Steamed rice can be coloured in parts with natural colours like tomato or spinach puree. This when blended with colourful cut vegetables can make for a wholesome meal.
4) Be creative with traditional pizza and pasta
Pizza and pasta made up of whole wheat and topped with variety of cut veggies can immediately draw your kid’s attention. It can be topped with cashew cream for cheesy texture.
5) Include soups, fruit juices and milkshakes
They are easy to make and are wholesome. Add some favourite ingredients like strawberries, cherries, almonds, and nuts to make it more appealing.
6) Include colours in desserts
Blue berry pancakes, vegan chocolate waffles, raspberry pies, and orange bread pudding act as colourful dessert ideas.
7) Toasts and cookies are great snacks
With peanut butter, strawberries, bananas and walnuts, a colourful French Toast is breakfast guaranteed to please the kids! Be creative with more of such colourful ideas.
8) Plan ahead
Plan the meals for whole week and shop accordingly so that you are well organized.
If you are unable to plan, there are several internet sources and self-help books that can help you make food interesting for your kids.