Struggling to get your fussy eater to eat their greens? Giving them the opportunity to grow and pick their own is definitely worth a go. The secret is to choose a variety of textures, colours and flavours. We show you how in our step-by-step guide. Make sure your little one is in charge of the whole process. Giving them a sense of ownership is the key to success. Why not show what you grow on our Facebook page?
We’ve chosen 6 tasty and quick growing cut-and-come-again leaves packed with nutrients. You can pick them when they’re young and keep on picking for several weeks.
Your little one will love to harvest the leaves they have grown all by themselves. It’s definitely a moment to celebrate. Remember to show them how to wash the leaves before they eat them. If they don’t like all the flavours, it doesn’t matter. They might enjoy the feel of them or the colour. The point is they’re engaging with food in a new way.
Sowing a few more seeds every couple of weeks will keep the supply of healthy leaves going right through into autumn. Your little head gardener should be proud of themselves. They’ve taken another step forward on their journey to a balanced diet.
Need more ideas to tempt your fussy eater? Encourage them to try new flavours with these creative pancake toppings.
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