Autumn Harvest: Fresh food ideas to fall for
With autumn comes lots of tasty and nutritious seasonal fruit and vegetables for your kids to eat, including apples, blackberries and sweet potatoes. We all know we should get our 5-a-day everyday, but we don’t always manage it. Hopefully these seasonal fruit and vegetable ideas will help you!
Super sweet potato1-3
In season: October to March
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, they are also rich in fibre, vitamins A, C and B6. Vitamin A will help to keep your kids’ eyes and skin healthy, whilst vitamin B6 helps our bodies use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates.
Recipe: Our ‘Yammy’ sweet potato wedges are the perfect side for any meal time.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away4,5
At their best: September to November
Whilst your kids will need more than an apple a day to stay healthy, apples are a good source of lots of different vitamins and minerals. These include vitamins C, K and fibre. Vitamin C helps to support your kid’s immune system as they grow and develop.
Recipe: Why not stew some apple and blackberries together and use this as a topping for our ‘PaediaSure Shake Pancakes’, creating a tangy twist.
In season: July to February
Celery deserves to be celebrated. Not only does it pack a punchy flavour, but it also has lots of health benefits. Celery contains potassium, which helps to control the balance of fluids in the body. Potassium also helps the heart muscle work properly.
Recipe: Why not try dipping celery into our ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix veggies and dips’.
Blackberries belong in your belly!9,10
In season: July to October
Blackberries are juicy and delicious. These beautiful berries can be eaten raw or cooked alone or with other fruits. They are bursting full of vitamin C, which helps to protect cells, keeping them healthy. Vitamin C also helps to support and structure tissues and organs, and heal wounds.
Recipe: Our ‘Berry sunrise smoothie’ is an easy way to provide some of their 5-a-day, swap the blueberries for blackberries to makes this a super seasonal drink.
Don’t leave out leeks11-13
At their best: September to March
Leeks are a member of the onion and garlic family. They are also a brilliant source of vitamins A, K and manganese. Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting, helping wounds to heal properly. Manganese helps to make and activate enzymes in the body which support important body functions such as digesting food.
Recipe: Leeks would be a yummy side to our ‘Popcorn chicken’ recipe.
PaediaSure Shake is a kids’ nutritional shake, which contains 26 vitamins and minerals; helping to fill the nutrient gaps in your child’s diet. Find out where to buy PaediaSure Shake here.
1. BBC Good Food, 2017: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/sweet-potato Accessed August 2017
2. NHS Choices, 2017: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx Accessed March 2017
3. NHS Choices, 2017: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-A.aspx Accessed March 2017
4. BBC Good Food, 2017: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/apple Accessed August 2017
5. BBC Good Food, 2017: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-apples Accessed August 2017
6. BBC Good Food, 2017: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/celery Accessed August 2017
7. The Guardian, 2013 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/12/elery-good-for-you-health-benefits-vegetable Accessed August 2017
8. NHS Choices, 2017: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Other-vitamins-minerals.aspx#potassium Accessed August 2017
9. BBC Good Food, 2017: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/blackberry Accessed August 2017
10. NHS Choices, 2017: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-C.aspx Accessed 22nd March 2017BBC Good Food, 2017: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/leek Accessed August 2017
11. The Guardian, 2014: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/27/why-leeks-are-good-for-you Accessed August 2017
12. NHS Choices, 2017 : http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-K.aspx accessed March 2017
13. NHS Choices, 2017: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Other-vitamins-minerals.aspx#manganese Accessed August 2017