Tesco’s Eat Happy Project

Today my big girls and I have been getting busy in the kitchen with the Eat Happy Project from Tesco. I love the idea behind this campaign and as soon as I spotted them on twitter I knew I wanted to be involved and get cooking with the kids throughout the summer holidays.

Seeing my girls eat a healthy and well balanced diet has always been massively important to me however we all know toddlers can be little fuss pots at times who refuse even their most favourite dinner. It can be so stressful and frustrating, you spend all this time preparing a delicious meal for it to be completely dismissed without even giving it a try.

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It’s tough to combat some may go on being fussy for years and that’s what the Tesco Eat Happy Project is all about – helping children to have a better relationship with food. They are doing this with online field trips, live video chats, cooking tutorials and lots more. This summer their fab new cooking series called LetsCookAlong has launched and thats what we were joining in with today – this week is Moroccan week and we made the delicious Falafels in Pitta bread.

The tutorial was great it has such easy instructions for girls and I to follow, it really simplified things and the girls felt more encouraged to join in and share the jobs by watching the other children in the video.

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Cooking with me always gets the girls more excited about food, they like to get stuck in we do a lot of baking but dinner is usually just down to me and it’s easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut so it is brilliant to try new recipes and then to see they children enjoy eating something so healthy it is just amazing.

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There are a ton of great resources on the website as well with videos to teach certain skills, printable activity sheets and recipe cards all aimed at encouraging children and getting them excited about the food they are cooking and eating.

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We had so much fun making these and I think they turned out pretty good as well we had empty plates all round.

We will definitely be cooking along with the Eat Happy Project again.

What are your tips for getting children eating healthily? Do you do much cooking with the kids? 

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21 Comments

  1. August 8, 2015 / 2:08 am

    Love this. I can’t wait to start cooking with my tot. I totally agree that it makes kids more willing to try new things when they’re been involved in the preparation. Falafels are a big hit in our house too- one of the baby’s favourites…although I think he’s in it for the sour creme as much as anything 🙂
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  2. August 9, 2015 / 7:48 am

    Falafel is one of those things I’m always like I must try but never get round too. Really like the sound of this recipe so think I will next week! I agree it’s hard to get them involved at dinner time as Amelia’s usually cranky and I’m in a rush. Love the photos of the girls getting stuck in xx
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    • August 11, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Hi Alice, now you’ve seen how easy it can be we’d love to see you cooking along with your little one. Don’t forget to tweet @EatHappyProject with your pictures.

      Check out all of our Let’s Cookalong themes on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/tescoeathappy/

      Happy cooking 🙂

  3. August 9, 2015 / 8:18 am

    This is great! Love this campaign! It’s such a good idea getting kids involved in the prepping and cooking! #sundaystars
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  4. August 9, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    We’ve never tried these with the girls but I think we should, great idea to make them together too so that they want to try them when they’ve finished! #sundaystars
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  5. August 9, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    What a great idea, its brilliant that they are encouraging kids to get involved and be healthier! I’ve never made my own falafels but might look into doing that this week, I’m sure Elliot would give them a whirl! #sundaystars
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    • August 10, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      Hey Elaine, we’re sure Elliot would love to cook along with you this week. We’ve lots of different themes on our website, from picnic & Italian to Moroccan and BBQ. We also have lots of activities you can download for free to keep children busy during the summer holidays: http://www.eathappyproject.com/lets-cook/

      Make sure to tweet us @EatHappyProject with your Let’s Cookalong photos 🙂

  6. August 11, 2015 / 6:51 am

    This is so great! It’s amazing that by helping cook the food they are more inclined to eat it! The girls look so interested in the video, great project, thank you for sharing it! #TwinklyTuesday x
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    • August 11, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Thanks Becky. It’s surprising how much children enjoy eating the food once they’ve made it. Our Let’s Cook Courses are currently running up and down the country – the children are cooking dishes like curries and fajitas and eating them without any fuss.

      Check out our Let’s Cook Pinterest board to see for yourself tes.co/w6oNzi 🙂

  7. August 11, 2015 / 7:07 am

    Those look amazing! My kids and I love cooking together. As you say, its’s a great way to get them to eat healthy food. Don’t be put off if they don’t like the new foods. Kids don’t like new foods, it takes time for them to get used to them and get them on the “accepted’ list. (It takes 10-15 times of actually trying something and kids between 2 and 8 are the worst!) But remember not to pressure them to eat as that can make it more times to try it!
    #TwinkleToes
    P.S. If you ever wanted to do a guest post on cooking with kids, I’d love to have you!

  8. August 12, 2015 / 11:14 am

    I love the idea of this and we are about to cook these falafels for Tesco too. They looks delicious and your girls look happy with their cooking.
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  9. August 12, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    This is such a fab idea. Oliver loves to help/watch me cook and he is always happier to eat it if he’s had a helping hand. Those Pitta’s look yummy!
    Becky x
    #Kidscorner
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  10. August 14, 2015 / 8:18 am

    What a fab idea from Tesco’s and great for you to take part. Zach definitely goes through fussy stages but it’s not been so bad so far thank goodness. I never worry when I see him wolfing down his veg! I’ll definitely look out for this project 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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    • August 14, 2015 / 1:25 pm

      Hey Lisa, great to hear you’re a fan of the project. We’ve got lots of recipe videos and activities for parents and children to cook together on our website: http://www.eathappyproject.com/lets-cook/

      We also offer free Let’s Cook Courses to children during the holidays to give them hands-on experience to become more confident in the kitchen. Blogger, Happy Handley, blogged about daughter’s cooking adventure here: tes.co/twW7da

      🙂

  11. August 14, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    This looks like a fantastic project. I love falafel but haven’t made it in years! Now my girls are older they are perfectly capable of making us all dinner. We’ve had some delicious meals like chicken noodle soup and spag bol. I really think getting them started early like you have really helps. Our family favourite is homemade pizza and they all do their own shaped base and toppings right from when they are little.
    Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars xxx
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