During winter, soup is one of the easiest way to reach your 5-a-day.
Yet the first time I tried I was not convinced that soup would be a hit with our children… but I was wrong, they just love it. It is such an easy meal that I have put together a little recap of our 5 top tips to eat soup with children. Fingers crossed they will all grow up to be soup eaters!
Please do not hesitate to share any additional tips in the comments.
As for every dish, I try to vary the soups I am making. At the moment, our favourite soups are butternut squash, carrot coconut, spinach, leek and potatoes.
Every now and then I will go to the fresh counter of the supermarket however nothing beats homemade soup.
This is really a matter of taste but I like to go for a light puree consistency. It is quite convenient because
- the children can drink it or spoon it without making too much of a mess
- they are the ones who decide if they want put “bits” or not in it when choosing their toppings :-)
3. Bowl – cutlery
I have discussed this with a nutritionist and I am a big believer in the power of positive association to get children to eat healthy. As such offering soup in cute bowls they’ll love can go a long way.
And you know what? We just have super cute bamboo dinner sets on Croque-Maman shop:
Holly S. shared a great tip on Croque-Maman’s Facebook page: she uses Chinese soup spoons for her toddler, which results in fewer spills and excitement from her little one as she only brings them out for soup.
In France, the traditional soup toppings tend to be the below:
- Grated cheese
- Crème fraîche
but you can definitely jazz things up with toppings like
- little pieces of ham
- chopped olives
I usually serve our soup with bread/cheese/ham soldiers and in the same way that you would do with soft boiled egg, the boys love to dip them in their soup.
Finally, as Laura P reminded me, letting them involved in the cooking always improves the eating.
Enjoy your soup!
Oh and check out a family favourite: butternut squash soup and my friend Katie’s latest post for plenty of soup inspiration :-)
very helpful, H – I am planning on making alphabet soup this weekend as my 2 are mad about letters. Any thoughts? X
This is such a great idea! I haven’t done alphabet soup for my boys yet but it is definitely on my list! In France we usually go for a very simple and clear stock so as you can clearly see the letters but I guess that once they buy into the concept you could use these pasta with any soup, which is great news :-) Let me know how it goes! My grandmother used to make this to us, so many lovely memories :-)
Oh yes and one of the reader Holly S. mentioned using Chinese spoons, which sounds great re:spills.
Forget about the children, these tips are great for adults too! I’m a huge fan of toppings and varying these. They take the same soup to a different dimension.
I may not be a kid, but I am fully on board with numbers 4 and 5!! :)
I had never thought of toppings!
The other thing I do is get the terror to help me, especially by pressing the button on the blender when I purée the soup, he loves watching it change!
I agree with Urvashi – these are great tips for adults too!
Brilliant ideas x
Great tips :) Soup is my go-to option for hiding veg when the kids are being a little fussy!
Our eldest loves putting croutons and cheese in her soup. When she was younger she loved eating the “fishies” floating in her soup (torn up bits of bread).
These are great tips. I love the idea of having special bowls and spoons just for soup and the Chinese spoon tip is a great idea – will be giving this a try.
Great advice and I love the idea of offering some different topping options on the side .. I will be happily sharing this!
Thank you Eva :-)
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These are great tips! Thank you for sharing!