Mangetout (a French name literally meaning “eat everything”) are a type of pea that you can eat all of, pod and peas.
Eating mangetout is a great way to get in your Vitamin C which contributes to maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage. Along with Vit C its a source of Vitamin K and manganese which supports normal blood clotting and maintaining healthy bones.
The pods should be green, rather than yellow, look moist and break crisply under pressure.
To store, wash but don’t dry them or wrap them in a damp paper towel and place in a slightly open bag or container in the fridge to keep for a few days.
While they make a delicious snack raw (great with your favourite dip), and are a sweet addition to salads, they can also be cooked, but best to do so lightly to retain their colour and flavour, so think stir-fries or a quick microwave. To do this simply wash them, don’t dry, add to a covered microwaveable dish and give them just a minute cooking.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with mangetout:
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The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!
The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.
The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.
But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Design a menu
Come up with a silly name or story for a dish
Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks
Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process
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