Why go to the takeaway, when you can make a delicious and healthy pizza at home with your children? Sally Teasdale, who delivers cook and eat sessions across the Better Start Bradford area, shares her top tips and facts why her homemade pitta pizza is a great healthy cheaper alternative and how you and your children can have fun making your own!
Sally’s tips and facts
Pizza can be healthy and nutritious if you make your own. Take away pizzas tend to be loaded with ingredients which are high in fat such as cheese, spicy meats and sauces.
Pizza is something you can make with your child and it’s fun to get them involved with the preparation of it. Let them decide their own toppings so it’s something they are more likely to eat.
While cheese can be high in fat, it also contains calcium which helps to keep your child’s teeth and bones strong. Full-fat dairy products can be given to one to two-year olds because toddlers need the extra fat and vitamins found in them. Low fat or light versions can be given to children aged two plus if they are receiving a well-balanced diet.
Pizzas are a great way to get additional vegetables into your child’s diet. Fruit and vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals and it’s advised that your toddler eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. What better way to support them with this by using vegetables as a pizza topping?
Tuna is a great topping – it is low fat and a good source of protein for your child’s growing and developing muscles
Make sure the chopping board, work surface etc are at your child’s height. This will make it easier for your child to get involved. You could do this by preparing the pizza on a low table they may use at home. They must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Children can also help prepare the ingredients by doing some chopping. Again, please make sure that they are supervised at all times.
Remember portion sizes. Your toddler’s tummy is about five times smaller than yours! So the portion size of what they can eat is not the same as the portion size of what we can eat.
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By Sally Teasdale, Family and Community Engagement Worker