Have you heard the famous story of the princess and the pea?
Once upon a time a handsome prince is looking for a princess to marry, but he cannot find one that he loves. One dark and stormy night a young woman, soaked by the rain, knocks on the castle door. The prince answers the door and is immediately smitten by her beauty. She claims to be a princess, but the prince’s mother – the Queen – is not so sure. So that night she sets out a bed for the young woman with twenty soft mattresses stacked one on top of another, and beneath the bottom mattress she places a single pea. The next morning the young woman tells her host that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed. “Rejoice,” said the Queen, “for she is truly a princess” and the prince and princess get married, and live happily ever after. The End.
These small peas pack a punch as they’re rich in thiamine, this is a B-vitamin that supports heart function. Peas are also a great alternative to get your vitamin C in, plus they’re high in fibre to keep you fuller for longer.
Look for pods that are full and perky with dry stems as this can indicate the freshness. Limp pods can be slightly bitter. Frozen peas can be found in most local supermarkets all year round.
Fresh peas are stored dry in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for up to a week. Frozen peas are a household staple to keep in the freezer for those last minute dinners.
To prep fresh peas, tear open the pods and scoop the peas out. For frozen, just heat through until piping hot! You can simply boil them or microwave with a little water for a few minutes.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with peas:
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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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