Three easy (vitamin D) recipes to support your child's immune system
Updated: Nov 1
We asked Wellness expert Sarah Ann Macklin for some advice on good sources of vitamin D for our kids and based on her advice, we've found three super easy recipes to get that all important supplement into their diets naturally.
Sarah Ann recommends vitamin D rich food sources like:
"Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, pilchards, trout, herring, kippers and eel contain reasonable amounts of vitamin D. Cod liver oil contains a lot of vitamin D, but don’t take this if you are pregnant. Egg yolk, meat, offal and milk contain small amounts but this varies during the seasons. And finally, margarine, some breakfast cereals, infant formula milk and some yoghurts have added vitamin D".
Based on Sarah Ann's recommendation, we've pooled together three delicious looking recipes for kids to make getting that extra dose of D, fun, nutritious and above all totally yummy.
1 BBC Good Food's Egg, parsley and oats pancake wraps filled with veg and cheese
Kids love pancakes, and if you can nudge them away from always having the sweet version, you will open up a whole new, easy world of nutrition for your speedy mid-week supper and lunch needs. This recipe uses porridge oats instead of flour so is extra good for them too.
500g pack closed cup mushrooms
4 tsp cold pressed rapeseed oil , plus 2 drops
320g cherry tomatoes , halved, or 8 tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 generous handfuls parsley , finely chopped
8 tbsp porridge oats (40g)
4 tsp English mustard powder made up with water
Beat together the eggs really well with the parsley and oats. Heat a drop of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Pour in a ¼ of the egg mix and fry for 1 min until almost set, flip over as if making a pancake.
2 Roasted salmon with spaghetti (with added grated courgette and cherry tomato)
From BBC Good Food
Kids will love to help you tuck a delicious pile of spaghetti into it's own little parcel to cook with tomatoes, salmon and courgettes.
This is such a simple dish and one which will be as good to eat, as it will be to unwrap and amaze at the supper table!
2 courgettes , grated
100g red cherry tomatoes , halved
100g yellow cherry tomatoes , halved
4 salmon fillets or 2 chicken breasts
4 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove , finely sliced
3 Jamie Oliver's Yoghurt marinated Greek Chicken
Greek marinated chicken with carrot strips, herbs and cous cous is a healthy version of those naughty chicken nugget meals children seem obsessed by. Making your own tzatziki is pretty impressive too, if you don't cheat and buy in, go for some decent organic yoghurt or one with a bio culture and earn even more brownie points for gut nutrition!
1 red pepper
6 spring onions
20 g black olives
100 g ripe cherry tomatoes
170 g couscous
½ a cucumber
2 free-range chicken breasts
1 teaspoon dried oregano
100 g fat-free natural yoghurt
½ a bunch of fresh mint (15g)
extra virgin olive oil