Soup for kids that the whole family can enjoy!
Soup is fantastic for getting kids to eat more vegetables and is a great way to serve veggies, that have previously been rejected, in a different format.
Blended soups are often the most kid-friendly. They are great for children who have textural issues or those who eat with their "eyes" (and would be put off seeing floating bits in their soup).
However, chunky soups are great for allowing babies and young children to explore different tastes and textures. Some children even prefer them.
Adding fruit to soup may sound strange but a little bit of sweetness can really win over some fussier children and can complement the flavours of the soup (carrot and orange, butternut squash and apple).
To make soup extra appealing to children, why not try adding toppings (croutons, crackers, tortilla strips, cream swirls, cheese etc).
Providing something to dip (crusty bread, oatcakes, buttered toast, crackers or savoury scones) is also a great way to encourage children to try their soup
If making these soups for a baby it is best to use home-made stock to reduce sodium levels. Some of these soups are naturally thick but can be made thicker by reducing the amount of liquid added, making it easier for self-feeding.
Soup is great for making in advance as it refrigerates and freezes well. Re-heating is a breeze making mealtimes easier.