The winter is well and truly upon us and it just seems right that soup should form part of the weekly meal plan. However fussy eaters can have trouble with accepting the texture of soup or may just refuse to try it in the first place. In a recent poll on Instagram, over 80% of our followers said that their fussy eater doesn't like soup.
Here are some tried and tested tips on how to help your fussy eater learn to like soup as well as a delicious sweet potato and carrot soup recipe to try this week.
- Start simple: Make it from a vegetable your child already likes and keep it simple – for example carrot soup or pumpkin soup. Bright coloured soups like an orange, red or bright green soup works well.
- Get them involved: Let your child help you wash and peel or grate the vegetables so they feel in control and not “tricked” into trying something they are not sure about.
- Make it thick: Here is a great tip – make the soup thick so it is easier to eat with a spoon. Do this by adding split red lentils (virtually undetectable in taste but adds bulk and nutrition to soups)
- Soup dippers: Serve with a “dipper” - bread or toasted pitta and encourage your child to dip it into the soup.
- Aim to underwhelm: Start with a small portion – aim to underwhelm not overwhelm. Your child can always ask for more
- Add sprinkles! Think outside the box – for example let your child sprinkle some parmesan or grated cheese over the soup.
- Make it fun - let your child drink the soup through a thick straw. This works well if your child is very reluctant to try soup. It adds a fun element and this can be phased out as your child learns to like soup.
Serve it with foods that your child already likes – this helps them stay at the table and engage with the food.
This sweet potato and carrot recipe works because it is sweet and I blended it until smooth. It is think and creamy when you add coconut milk or cream. It is also so simple to make, everything just gets thrown into a pot, no roasting required!
Prepping Time: 5 min
Servings: 2 adults and 3 kids
Cooking Time: 30 min
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 TBS grated ginger (optional)
2 cloves of garlic
1 large sweet potato (750g), diced
500mls vegetable stock
Fry the onion in olive oil until translucent Add the diced carrot and fry for 6-7 minutes Add the ginger and garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes Add sweet potato and vegetable stock. Boil until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes (lid on)
Blend until smooth Add a dash of coconut milk to taste ENJOY!
Let us know if you've made the recipe and if it's a winner with your fussy eater!
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