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Ten simple tricks to get children eating more plant-based food

The Guardian – Kate Arthur

“More and more people are beginning to understand that eating more plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, pulses and nuts is not only good for our health but for the planet too. It sounds simple enough, but encouraging children to eat more plant-based foods can be challenging. And all too often there’s a perception that preparing these kinds of meals can be daunting. The good news is that adding more plant-based foods can be simple, fun and tasty too, and there’s more choice than you may realise…we’ve spent time working with teachers, parents and children helping them to find easy ways to move to a more plant-based diet, and we’ve picked up some great tips along the way. It really can be simple to prepare this kind of food and get children involved. Why not try some of them as part of your growing and cooking activities? Or you could share as take-home messages. Here are 10 of our top tips.”(more)

Inside the schools with edible playgrounds

The Guardian – Zofia Niemtus

“How can we get children to eat more vegetables? There’s no shortage of advice on the matter, varying from “serve them with unpopular foods” to “act more like French people” or “just give up”. But schools are discovering that getting students to grow their own greens can make a big difference. This hands-on method is so powerful, in fact, that it can even detoxify the dinner table nemesis of generations: the brussel sprout…Edible playgrounds are springing up across the country and address several key areas of concern around children’s health. They teach pupils about nutrition, encourage physical activity, and can help with food poverty.”(more)