Turnover a new leaf
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This poster is from the Second World War, and it’s just as relevant today as but for different reasons.⁠⠀
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Today we are surrounded by food, highly processed, high in calories and often nutrient poor. It’s never been easier to get hold of food, stark contrast to when this poster was first published.⁠⠀
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But you eat loads of vegetable right? But do you, really? Adults as well as children can be ‘selective’ when it comes to eating vegetables, perhaps sticking to the same 2 or 3 vegetables not venturing far from what’s familiar, but they’re so good for us, packed with fibre, full of vitamins and minerals and help to keep us full.⁠⠀
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Eating vegetables in season will keep your plate interesting and there’s a HUGE list of fruits and vegetables that are in season right now including Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cavolo Nero, Celery, Lettuce, Leeks, Parsnips, an assortment of cabbages, Sweetcorn and tomatoes.⁠⠀
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The freezer section has lots of vegetables that have been frozen within hours of being picked to lock in those nutrients so don’t shy away from the likes of frozen peas, spinach and mushrooms for example.⁠⠀
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TIPS⁠⠀
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#1 If you have a partner/child who won’t venture past sweetcorn and potatoes for example, experiment with hiding carrots, celery, courgettes and onion in a chilli or a pasta sauce. Use a food processor to finely chop the vegetable and the sauce will help it hide in the sauce.⁠⠀
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#2 Children during weaning are great at eating vegetables, but as they get older and exercise their own free will, getting them to eat what was once ‘their favourite’ vegetable can feel like an uphill struggle. Try to get them to choose the vegetables at the supermarket and just give them small amounts to start with. Don’t be disheartened if even after choosing the veg and helping with the prep they refuse to eat it. It’s just part of the learning process and keep it up! ⁠⠀
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#3 Sometimes dislike for a vegetable is down to texture. If you don’t like cooked carrots, try them raw either grated or in batons. White and red cabbage are delicious in salads and grating them cuts down on prep time!⁠⠀
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Image – Turn Over a New Leaf by James Fitton (1899 – 1982)