Gimme Five!

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I brought this book in Vivo City several months ago. There was a booth selling books with great discount and I found this book. The intention of getting this book is not because I have problem giving my child fruits and vegetables. It was the creative recipes inside the book caught my attention.

After reading it, it does give me a deeper insight of how we can be creative with fruits and vegetables.

I am lucky that Yvette loves vegetables and fruits. When she eats, she will pick the vegetable from the bowl of rice or porridge and have a “bite” of them first. With this sign from her, it indeed gave me a booster to keep giving her fruits and vegetable. In fact, her lunch is usually made up of vegetable instead of meat and fish. And a cup of fruit juice if we are out.

Many parents say the most difficult part of implementing the five-a-day recommendation is knowing what constitutes a portion.

This book recommended for adults, a portion is 80g or 3 oz of any given fruit or vegetable, for children the recommended amount is a portion equals the amount a child can fit in one hand. So as the child grows, so does the portion size.

And what doesn’t count as a portion?

Fruit and vegetable either because their starch content is too high or their fruit and vegetable content is too low, the following items do not count as a portion:

  • Potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes.
  • Fruit drinks, squashes or fruit-flavoured drinks
  • Fruit yogurts
  • Jams and marmalades
  • Ketchup and the tomato sauce in baked beans.

This book shares the top ten tips on how to introduce fruits and vegetable to our children too. (These are the most popular suggestions given by parents.)

  1. Blend fresh fruits – and even vegetables – into smoothies and shakes.
  2. Make it fun: give a meal a theme and take time with presentation.
  3. Liquidize vegetables and lentils or beans in a tomato pasta sauce.
  4. Involve your children in the weekly shop.
  5. Make up a big vegetable and bean soup and blend until smooth.
  6. Get children involved in preparing and cooking a meal.
  7. Raw vegetables – usually served as crudités – are often more popular than cooked.
  8. Transform fruit into ice-creams, mousses and fools.
  9. Add extra veg. to the most popular kid’s meals such as burgers, pizza, mashed potatoes or pies.
  10. Start the day well: a glass of fresh fruit juice and cereal tapped with chopped fruit for breakfast will make it easier to achieve the recommended daily five.

I have not made use of the recipes in this book mainly because Yvette is contented just with “plain” vegetable and fruits. I will recommend parents who have difficulty in giving your child vegetable and fruit to read this book. And lastly, don’t give up in giving our child vegetables and fruit, just keep trying.

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