As parents we know how important it is for our children to eat a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.  Getting our children to eat their 5 A Day though can be tough.

The NHS website advises anyone, including the parents of small children to, ‘Try adding chopped carrots to bolognese sauce, sprinkle chopped red peppers on your pasta, or mix veg such as peas into mashed potato to make it even tastier. Add tomatoes to your omelette or mushrooms to your next stir-fry.’ We think these sound like great ideas.  Why not have a look at all their tips here?

You can even enter the number of adults and children in your household into their 5 A Day Planner and receive a customised plan of menu ideas and tips to ensure your family gets their recommended number of servings and fruits and vegetables.

In this our second post where we share recipe ideas from our own Chef Andy and the Circus Kitchen, we’ve decided to include a big favourite of the children here at Circus Day Nursery – Moussaka – plus some additional healthy snack ideas.

We hope you try some of these out at home and do let us know how you get on in the comments section below or share with us suggestions you have for healthy eating ideas that your children enjoy.


Mix Quorn mince, sliced courgettes, diced onion, sliced mushrooms, tinned tomatoes and a tin of baked beans, together and pour into an overproof container and bake in a 200C/400F/Gas 6 oven for 45 mins.  Add layers of sliced par-cooked potatoes over the top and add white sauce or cheese sauce.  Pop back into the oven for a further 30 mins until golden brown.

Healthy Snacks

Carrot or pepper sticks or cut up raw cauliflower or other vegetables with quick tzatziki dip (low fat greek yoghurt, mixed with a teaspoon of mint sauce and finely chopped cucumber)
Boiled egg finely chopped and mixed with red pepper and low fat mayonnaise served in a wrap
Sliced pita bread toasted served with a hummus dip

Delicious Smoothies

Throw your child’s favourite fresh or frozen fruits into a blender with milk or fruit juice, blend and voila – a tasty way to increase your child’s fruit intake.

If you’ve not seen our first post detailing the delicious Chicken Pie and Spaghetti Bolognese recipes served at Circus you can find them here.