SUMMER is the perfect time to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
While store shelves are full of local gems as well as more tropical flavors, you can find new ways to chop, freeze and juice that little ones will love.
ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE: Sainsbury’s customers can earn up to 750 bonus Nectar points for buying fruit and vegetables during the summer holidays.
Through September 2, the retailer’s Great Fruit & Veg Challenge uses fun goals to encourage customers to buy more products.
Sign up for Nectar app for personal goals and you will get extra points in return.
SUGAR THEM: With the sweetest apples that are hard to resist.
Lidl has Pink Lady apples for 29p each until Thursday.
That’s 13p less than the cheapest at Sainsbury’s, at £2.50 for a six-pack, or 42p each.
FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE: For less expensive, goodness-packed meals, replace meat with bulky vegetables like mushrooms, eggplant, butternut squash, or potatoes.
Or, just add a little more vegetables and a little less meat.
As the family gets used to the new balance, you can increase the vegetable content.
PLAY PRICE DETECTOR: Ditch pre-prepared fruits and vegetables for big savings.
If you buy 240g of pre-packed and peeled mangoes at Morrisons, for example, you’ll pay £2.25, while you can get a whole kilo of Ripen at Home Wonky mangoes for just £1.99.
ENCOURAGE LITTLE COOKS: Ask the children to help cook the vegetables. Encourage them to come up with tasty recipes, then help them peel, wash, chop and cook.
Helping them understand and enjoy food is half the battle of getting them to eat it.
SMOOTHIE DOES IT: It’s cheaper to make your own and it’s a great way to use up berries. Simply add yogurt or banana to berries or citrus, then your liquid of choice and blend.
Store-bought smoothies can be expensive, so watch out for deals. Asda is offering a 750ml bottle of Naked smoothie from £3.60 to £2.
- All prices on the page are correct at time of printing. Promotions and offers subject to availability.
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