Registered nutritionist and co-author of the Detox Kitchen Bible Rob Hobson talks through his top tips for keeping kids happy during the summer holidays:a

Mealtimes can be a power game between parents and children, especially younger fussy eaters.  Many parents are left cooking multiple meals when it’s time to eat and then have to start over again to feed themselves.  Try and get cooking with children over the summer holidays to help them to understand the importance of good nutrition and teach them some basics skills in the kitchen.  Try dishes such as tacos, bolognese sauce, stir-frys or have fun spiralizing veggies or creating fresh juice and smoothie combinations.

Top food tips to encourage healthy eating this half term

  • Food that are fun to put together at the dinner table often work well such as tacos and tortillas.
  • Sweet-fruit based salsas and sauces can help make some food more palatable.
  • Younger children sometimes enjoy a selection of foods such as fruits, dips and cold meats as a lunch option to explore and pick at.
  • One of this year’s hottest food trends was spiralized vegetables and cauliflower couscous, which are fun ways to introduce more vegetables into your children’s diet. These are low in calories so you may need to drizzle with oil or serve with a richer sauce.
  • Look to the high street for interesting ideas that can be recreated at home for hungry teens.

Try this delicious breakfast recipe to add a spring in your step this summer.

Bircher muesli with blueberries and lime

Serves 2-3

Bircher is a good refreshing alternative to hot porridge and has a lovely sweet fruit flavour that can work well with kids.  Add any fruit or nut topping you like or leave you children to decide what to top with.

 

Ingredients 

100g porridge oats

225ml apple juice, preferably freshly juiced

70ml almond milk

Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Zest of 1/2 lime

1-2 tsp honey

1 apple, grated

1 handful of blueberries

Soya yoghurt

 

Method

  1. Place the oats in a large bowl and cover with the apple juice, almond milk, cinnamon, lime zest and honey. Combine and cover with clingfilm, place in the fridge and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from the fridge and stir through the grated apple and blueberries.
  3. Top with a dollop of soya yoghurt