They are an optional extra and the children can choose whether or not to take some. This time I added some chopped daikon (Chinese/Japanese radish) to the carrots, tomatoes and celery.
It's good to have veggies on offer for a few reasons:
1. It normalises them as a part of lunches - even BBQ's
2. It gives the children something to fill up on aside from sausages and bread
3. Peer involvement can encourage children to try new things
4. The more often we do this the better the uptake
There were several times on Friday that children tried the daikon as their friends were or who were encouraged to eat something because their peers were enjoying veg from the platter.
The food environment is a very important factor in determining how our kids eat. What can we do to support a positive environment?