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Watch What Happens When You Ask Kids to Follow a Healthy Recipe!

Published: 16th February 2015 11:57
Watch What Happens When You Ask Kids to Follow a Healthy Recipe!


 Kids Healthy Eating


Did you realise that:-
  • THREE IN TEN children think Healthy Eating is 'boring'!
  • A QUARTER think healthy food doesn't taste nice; and nearly TWO THIRDS don't think it's important to eat healthily.
(Surveys: Young Poll 1,000 children aged 5-11; One Poll 2,000 adults including 743 parents. Both surveys carried out on behalf of Wholegrain Goodness, November 2014.)


This NEW VIDEO captures what happened when six children are challenged to follow a healthy recipe!

Kids Healthy Eating

Most parents will attest that getting kids to eat healthily can be like nailing jelly to the ceiling. But with childhood obesity on the rise, it’s become even more important to find creative ways of improving children’s diets.


According to a new poll, the solution might lie in making healthy eating more fun and desirable. The research shows that three in ten (29%) kids think healthy eating is boring. What’s more, two thirds of children think healthy eating is unimportant and one in four (25%) say healthy food doesn’t taste nice. 


Part of the issue may be the lack of experience children have of preparing food. Only a quarter regularly help make meals, with twice as many boys (16%) than girls (9%) having never helped prepare a family meal. Despite this, more than one in three (36%) say they would like to cook more.


A separate survey of parents reveals that nearly half (44%) would like their children to understand more about healthy eating and three in ten (31%) would like them to cook more, showing that both children and parents are united in their wish to spend more time together in the kitchen.


Both surveys were carried out by Wholegrain Goodness, a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise consumer awareness about the health and culinary benefits of wholegrains. In response to the findings, Wholegrain Goodness has released the new video that shows how much fun children can have in the kitchen, as well as the havoc they can cause!  It also shows how pleasantly surprised they can be when tasting nutritious foods.


Commenting on the results, Therese Coleman consultant registered dietician for Wholegrain Goodness says: “It is encouraging that so many children actually want to help their parents in the kitchen. Cooking together is a great way of inspiring children, encouraging them to get to know food, showing them how surprisingly tasty healthy foods like wholegrains can be and helping them develop good eating habits for the future.”


The need to better understand the nutritional value of foods also became apparent amongst both adults and children. For example, results from the surveys indicate widespread confusion across all ages about what foods contain wholegrains with more than three quarters not realising popcorn is a wholegrain and about half not realising porridge is.


Kids Healthy Eating



The video features a Wholegrain Goodness recipe: Vegetable & Salsa Verde Scone Pizza – with just 451 calories per serving, as well as two portions of wholegrain and three of your '5-a-day'.

Vegetable & Salsa Verde Scone Pizza


  • 250g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 75g  oats
  • 3 tbsp  cold-pressed rapeseed oil
  • 175ml  skimmed milk
  • 400g  can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves  garlic, crushed
  • 25g  pack basil, roughly chopped
  • 25g  pack chives, roughly chopped
  • 1  courgette, peeled into ribbons
  • 1  red pepper, diced
  • 200g  spinach, wilted
  • 125g Fresh Light Mozzarella

Method (Revised for children):

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix the flour and oats together.
  3. Add 2 tbsp rapeseed oil and the milk to form a dough.
  4. Roll out to a 30cm circle and place on a non-stick baking tray.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes.
  6. Spread homemade tomato pizza sauce over the scone base.
  7. Whizz the herbs up with the remaining rapeseed oil in a small food processor.
  8. Mix the oil with the courgettes and red pepper. Add some black pepper.
  9. Arrange the vegetables on the pizza.
  10. Tear the Light Mozzarella into small pieces and arrange on top of the vegetables.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until golden.

You can order a recipe booklet from here, with surprisingly good, healthy recipes for the whole family.

You can find all you need to know about wholegrain, oats and rapeseed oil, including recipes and nutritional information at WholegrainGoodness.com – an independent, not-for-profit campaign launched by HGCA.








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