6. Serve it on the side
Another great way to get your children to eat peas is by serving it as a side dish to their main meal. Dishes like our fish goujons with pea purée and potato wedges
are a great way to get children to eat peas without making it a big feature on their plate.
Lower salt and sugar dips and sauces are a great way to encourage your child to try new foods because if they feel like they can take it or leave it, they’ll be more likely to give it a try.
7. Cook together
Not only is cooking together a great way to bond, it will help your child feel better about eating their greens, especially if they’ve cooked them themselves.
Letting your child get hands on in the kitchen will help them looking forward to eating the food they are making, and we’ve got some easy recipes they can help out with! Try our peas on toast recipe
to get your child confident in the kitchen, we’re sure they’ll be enjoying the taste of our delicious peas in no time!
8. Soups, smoothies, dips and sauces
The meal options are endless when it comes to getting your child to eat peas, but if they aren’t enjoying a small serving alongside their main meal, it’s time to get creative.
You can blitz, mash and even purée peas to encourage your child to start eating them and it’s also a great way of getting your child to experiment with different textures too! Mashing peas as an alternative spread for butter on sandwiches, or blitzing them in a food processor to create a pea and hummus dip
are just a couple of ideas you can try.
9. Don’t just wait for dinner
Peas are great at any time of day, so don’t feel like you have to try and get your child to eat them at dinner time. Serving peas in snacks throughout the day is a great way to get your child used to the delicious taste and vibrant colour, so that the next time they do see them on their plate at dinner they won’t be put off.
Our green pea hummus salad wraps make for a delicious and nutritious lunch, while our pea, ham and cheese muffins
are a tasty treat that we’re sure your children will enjoy at any time of day!
10. Set an example
Eat your peas too! Children are more likely to try the foods they see you eating and just as they copy behavior, they learn and pick up on eating habits as well. Be aware of the food messages you’re sending so your children know that peas are to be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.
Help your children learn why it’s important to eat vegetables and tell them about the nutritional benefits of peas, especially about how they’re packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients including vitamin C, foliate, vitamin B1, iron and zinc. Peas are low in sugars and high in fibre, so adding a side of peas to your meal will provide a range of health benefits for you and your family.