Sweet potatoes came from deepest Peru and spread to become a popular staple of Native Americans. The first Europeans to sample the delights of sweet potatoes were Christopher Columbus and his crew on their voyage to the West Indies in 1492. They brought them back to Spain and from there they spread all over the world.
They contain fibre which supports digestion and contain vitamins including Bs and C which support our vision and immune system as well as being a good source for minerals like iron and calcium.
Look for sweet potatoes that feel firm and appear unblemished. They should feel heavy for their size.
Store these in a cool dark place.
Make the most of that kid-friendly flavour by cutting into fries and roasting or baking them whole as a 1 of your 5-a-day jacket potato in less time than a regular one.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with sweet potatoes:
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Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
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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