Soup can be a bit of a divider for kids – some love them chunky, others smooth, some love them more bland, others with plenty of flavour. Some insist they don’t like them at all!
If your kids are hesitant, why not try these top tips to win them over with kid-friendly soups:
- Children usually prefer sweeter flavours, so use sweeter veg like butternut squash or pumpkin, sweet potato, red or yellow peppers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, etc.
- Give your soups fun nicknames using favourite children’s characters, heroes or the colours of the soup. Try making Monster Soup, Witch’s Brew, Mean & Green, Princess Pea Soup, or put your own name and spin on your soups!
- Encourage slurping and playing with their food to make it fun.
- Try serving the soup in a mug to make it easier and more tactile for them.
- Make the soup attractive or funny, like creating a face in the soup when you serve it with a couple of peas, sweetcorn or carrot slices for eyes and a mouth from a bit of pepper.
- Add croutons or small torn up bits of toast and challenge the kids to fish them out with the spoon.
- Ask your kids which way they prefer their soups: are you a chunky or smooth/cold or hot/thick or thin/creamy or savoury?
And remember to keep trying!
Sometimes it takes kids a while to get on board, but the more they see and try it, the more used to it they are and the easier it gets.