Why Cooking From Scratch Is Better For Your Kids’ Nutrition

April 10, 2019
by Rebecca Down Stress-Less

    Getting a variety of fresh, nutritious meals on the table every evening can be a tough job, and it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to kids’ nutrition.

    Our culinary team work hard to make sure that the recipes they create meet the needs of growing kids, packing them with the best balance of all the good stuff (with a few extra veggies snuck in for good measure).

    To keep up with the rate at which your kids are growing, it is important to think about the nutritional requirements they need. The food they eat is responsible for – and can have a huge impact on – their concentration levels, so being fuelled by the best foods can improve their performance in the classroom and general happiness and well-being outside of it!

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    Chef Andre on Kids’ Nutrition

    When we spoke to our head chef Andre about the importance of kids’ nutrition, he said:

    “What kids eat at home is really important. They replicate their eating and cooking habits from their parents. If kids grow up with their parents cooking fresh food which, we hope in later life that they’ll replicate these habits.”

    If you can get your kids to participate in the kitchen, it’s a natural progression for them, even if it’s something as simple as sorting out the ingredients from each HelloFresh recipe kit.

    Cooking food from scratch is one of the best ways to control what foods your kids are eating. It’s really important to have a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean protein and dairy foods, and with our Family recipes, it’s all about balance. It’s food that is for the whole family, using recognisable ingredients and familiar recipes that everyone can enjoy.  Our family recipes also include helpful – and time effective – tips like keeping the fibrous skins on your potatoes to make sure you benefit from all the nutrients in your ingredients.

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    The reality is, for most parents, they’re happy if their kids are eating some healthy foods, be it a side salad to go with the main dish, or a portion of fruit as a snack or a dessert (these healthy snacks are the perfect thing for kids who ‘don’t like fruit or veg’)The trick is keeping recipes simple –  disguising veg completely or keeping them separate means that kids will eat without picking them out.  As a father of two, André is no stranger to the worries that come with feeding the kids properly:  

    “Kids can often get bored or distracted whilst they’re eating so it’s a good idea to have back up ingredients to make sure they don’t go to bed hungry. Things like garlic bread, sweet corn, potatoes, and pasta are all great fail-safe foods that kids will like.”

    Our kid-friendly family recipes have been created with busy parents in mind, taking the hassle out of meal-planning, prep and cooking, so that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the family. From just £3.99 per serving, you can choose to receive 3 or 4 of our recipes to feed four hungry mouths. With a choice of 6 weekly recipes, the only hard part is choosing!

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