An interview with kids healthy eating whizz @MyFussyEater
Looking for ways to keep the children productive, but also healthy this summer? If it seems too good to be true, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! The talented Ciara Attwell, of YouTube channel and blog @MyFussyEater, speaks to us about her aim of getting kids eating healthy. At the same time, many of her recipes are simple enough for the young ‘uns to follow (under supervision!) – we particularly like the rainbow veggie pizza and peanut butter toast and fruit kebabs. So, how does she do it?
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, including what inspired you to begin My Fussy Eater!
I’m a mum to two young children; a 5 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. Just after my son was born in January 2014, I realised that my daughter had become an extremely fussy eater – probably due to the fact that whilst I was pregnant I ate a very bland diet (I think white pasta and white bread most of the time!)
I started cooking lots of new recipes and trying different ways to expand her taste buds, and from there the blog was born!
2. In your opinion, what are the biggest barriers to getting kids eating healthy?
Nowadays, I think it’s probably the availability of cheap processed and convenience foods. It’s impossible to go into a supermarket without being bombarded with all the kinds of food that we know is not the healthiest for our children. As a busy parent, I know that it’s often much easier to reach for these types of foods when we are under pressure or when the kids are nagging us!
3. What are the easiest and most guilt-free snacks parents can provide to their kids?
You can’t go wrong with simple fruit and veg! A mixed fruit salad with some greek yogurt is an excellent snack. Or some chopped up veggies with hummus is fantastic too!
4. What is the one recipe you can rely on, through experience, as being the ultimate children’s favourite?
My kids love pasta. So I know that spaghetti with a hidden veggie tomato sauce will always go down a treat!
5. How do you get the kids at home involved in the kitchen?
My daughter loves to help me out in the kitchen. She uses a plastic kids knife to cut soft veggies like cucumber and peppers. She loves baking and helping to make any kind of cupcakes or muffins!
6. Do you have any plans to host a pop up or supper club style event, for parents and kids? (if not, you really ought to!)
Funnily enough I have been thinking about this, but along with the blog, my you tube channel and freelance food writing commitments, I’m sure not sure there are enough hours in the day to do it all!!
(We think a parents & kids supper club would be a fab idea – any foodies interested in being part of this, get in touch!)
7. And finally, if you were stranded on a desert island with only 3 items of food, what would they be?
Ouuuu only three? Ok… eggs ( I love them just on their own and they’re so versatile in so many dishes too). Sweet potato (again it’s super versatile and really filling too!). And my third would probably be coriander… I put it on everything!!
(We have to admit, we were expecting Ciara to crack at this point and name a few junk foods, but no! She really is the healthy eating queen ?)
And there you have it! Healthy eating for kids needn’t be a difficult chore when you do it like Ciara. Be sure to check out her site, which also includes fun videos for the young ‘uns to follow, for more fantastic recipes!