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Annabel Karmel gives me her top tips for 10 year olds

It’s not often you get to spend the morning with a room full of celebrity chefs and nutritionists who are all geared towards helping children eat better. In fact it’s a luxury I could not turn down.

Frazzled and bombarded by daily media outcries about obese Britain, us Mums can’t do right for doing wrong it seems. So it’s fair to say my enthusiasm towards nutrition had fizzled out slightly. I know the basic rules and I cook all the time but I’d got stuck in the routine diet rut.

But that’s been reignited by my daughter’s 10th birthday and concern that from 10 years onwards, a lot of things are going to change and how should I best feed and prepare her for this?

So it was very timely that I was invited to the Team Wholegrain morning. It’s a totally refreshing mindset too – I’m sick and tired of the robotic 5-a-day mantra which we have thrown at us daily and I’m really glad to see that wholegrains are getting a look in too.

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Yes, that’s me with Annabel and like A Modern Mother, I’m a giant in comparison, but her expertise in child nutrition towers over mine and I was in awe of her. I had bought a couple of her books when Miniminx was younger and I’m delighted that she takes the preteen age group seriously too.

Annabel Karmel Tips on Food and Cooking for and with 10 year olds

1. Annabel’s top secret is that well fed kids will always want to come home – her own children are living proof, they all come home for great food and they’re 18-21!

2. If you want your children to grow up with the ability to cook proper food for themselves you have to teach them. Getting children in the kitchen is not just about making cupcakes – make sure you teach them to make useful nutritious things like scrambled eggs says Annabel.

3. Having problems with making healthy salads work for your child? Annabel says make a dressing and use it as a dip to get them eat the salad – they will love it.

4. Don’t ban food, make healthy food so tasty that they want to eat it. If they’re full up on healthy food, they won’t ask for junk.

5. Don’t make a big issue if they’re feeling fussy – wait till they’re hungry. It’s much easier to feed a child with an appetite.

6. When they come home from school and they’re really hungry at this age, give them something healthy; fruit and or veg and dips. If you give them a healthy plate of snacks, they’ll eat it.

7. In a nice way quietly control them and get friends over who like healthy food so they’ll eat it with their peers, they won’t even notice they’re doing it and they’ll want to fit in with everyone else.

8. Once in a while it helps to get someone else to feed them to avoid the pressure of nagging about what to eat. And they might try something different.

9. You can have healthy junk food – instead of buying it though, it’s much better to make your own chicken nuggets or pizzas and the kids can help too. You can make great use of wholegrains here too.

10. And finally on fruit, I feel vindicated! If your child like mine runs a mile from fruit, Annabel suggests making fruit purees by blending fruit and freezing it into icepops. I’ve been doing this for years so I’m glad to know that it’s a good tip!

Thanks for the organisers for inviting me and the very lovely goody bag, I also have some more interviews to share from the day which I’ll be posting over the next few days…

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4 Comments to “Annabel Karmel gives me her top tips for 10 year olds”

  1. nat says:

    Oh you were one of the people I was jealous of with your laptop and brain in tact lol

    Some great tips from her there. Only recently did I put dressing on the kids salads and wow they enjoy it even more!

    Very nice to briefly, briefly meet you!
    .-= nat´s last blog ..Pregnancy =-.

    • admin says:

      Hello – I think I have a lovely photo of you with Lesley, will ping over, it was a great morning wasn’t it? Lovely to meet you too x

  2. Mine love fruit (hate veggies) but freezing it into lollies sounds like fun, especially with summer coming up. Nice to see you again!
    .-= A Modern Mother´s last blog ..Isn’t that just the picture of motherhood? =-.

  3. Really interesting, having a 10 year old myself I am all too familiar with the fridge raid after school.

    I do try to include something healthy in Amy’s diet daily, and she loves raw carrots and satsumas! Bit of an orange theme going on here me thinks!

    CJ xx
    .-= Crystal Jigsaw´s last blog ..Parallel Universe =-.

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