Sweetcorn grows into tall plants with ears – or cobs – packed with the sweet yellow kernels we love to eat. Each cob has an average of 800 kernels in 16 neat rows. Cornflakes, popcorn and many fizzy drinks are made of sweet corn, but you’ll only unlock the true Veg Power of corn by eating simple sweetcorn, either tinned or frozen or fresh, right from the corn cob.
Sweetcorn provides a good source of fibre to support digestion as well as vitamins C and B plus minerals magnesium and potassium that help to keep our bodies healthy.
The kernels of corn on the cob should be firm and the colour can vary between yellow and white. Tinned and frozen sweetcorn should be easy to find in your local supermarket all year round.
Tinned and frozen sweetcorn is easy to store, but to store whole fresh corn, keep the husks on if they come in them (or wrap tightly in foil if not). These can be kept in the fridge for up to a week. Baby corn should be kept in its original packaging or sealed in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.
You can either boil them, or grill them – they are great on the BBQ. Whichever method, cook until soft then add some butter, and sprinkle with pepper, salt, maybe a squeeze of lemon. A bag of frozen sweet corn, just like frozen peas, is a sweet staple to pull out of the freezer when you need a quick side portion.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with sweetcorn:
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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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