If you’ve ever had to resort to pureeing or grating vegetables into sauces and other foods, or even had to make funny faces with the veggies on a plate, just to get your little ones to eat their meal, then I feel you! Raising kids can be tough at the best of time, let alone when you have to put all of your energy into getting them to eat something that you’ve created.
Then there is all the mum guilt. Argh!
If this sounds like you, or a situation you might find yourself in soon enough, then Quinola Mothergrain Kids Meals could be the thing to make meal times a little easier.
Food that tastes good, and will actually do our children good can be hard to come by. And I know what you’re thinking, quinoa for little ones? But with the meals, you can take your children on a taste adventure around the world with the three Quinola Mothergrain Kids Meal flavours; Mediterranean, Tex Mex and Thai. I liked the range of the meals and there will be a taste for everyone to enjoy.
As they care prepared for you, the food is soft, can be eaten hot or cold (just needs 30 seconds in a microwave), and is suitable as soon as your child is happily eating solid food. I like that they can work as a main dish (the portion size is just right for little ones), or as a side dish for slightly older children. And with it being packed with veggies, they will get one of their five a day, as well as plenty of protein from the quinoa.
- Made of a blend of organic, Fairtrade quinoa with fresh organic vegetables
- Completely free from allergens
- Made in a gluten free environment to ensure no cross contamination
Quinoa is a source of vegetable protein, with slow releasing carbohydrates to keep your little ones fully fuelled al day. Quinoa also contains high levels of lithium and magnesium too, which helps boost cognitive function and immunity. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a winning combo when you send them off to nursery or school!
Alone, I find quinoa a little bit dull and dry to taste. But the meals (yes, I had a taste), are really flavoursome and tasty. The children really enjoyed eating them too. They aren’t big pasta fans, but love rice, so this is a quick alternative for us at home.
I love that it is already prepared on days that we’re rushing in from swimming or tennis lessons.
If you have a fussy eater, then here are some tips to help them to eat more, without you pulling your hair out. These meals would work well too, in my opinion.
Tips To Get Your Children To Eat More
- Think about the colour of the food that you’re serving. Children will eat less ‘green’ food, so choose organ or red veggies instead perhaps.
- Get your children involved in the cooking. When they see what goes into their meal, the time and the effort, then I do find that it makes a difference.
- Don’t bribe with sweet foods as this is a bad habit to get into (and they’ll come to expect a sweet treat after every meal). Kind of defeats the purpose of a healthy dinner when it is laden with sugar afterwards.
- Serve foods in a different way. You could serve veggies raw with dips, for example, or finely chop broccoli so that they look less like ‘trees’.
Each pouch is RRP £1.59 for 150g and is available from selected Morrisons’ stores in the baby aisle, Ocado, Amazon.co.uk and from independent health food stores.
Have you heard of Quinola Mothergrain before? Do you think your little ones would enjoy it? Mum guilt can do one – this is a great, heathy option for a busy weeknight dinner. It would be great to hear what you think!
*collaborative post. All opinions are my own.