On today's show we spoke with Deirdre Doyle, Health Coach and owner of the Cool Food School about how to think about vegetables in a different and fun way!
Buster and Buddy find out why parents always go on and on about their kids eating their vegetables and how vegetables are the jigsaw to keeping our bodies AND minds healthy and well.
AND we HEAR about lots of fun and exciting ways to look at vegetables in a totally new way!!
Listen to the show to find hear what Deirdre tells us AND to hear kids talking about their favourite veggies…as well as telling us their Jokes of the Day!
And remember to Stay Healthy, Stay Happy and Stay Well!
Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!
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GUEST OF THE DAY
Mum of 3, Deirdre Doyle is a BTEC-qualified Health Coach with
a mission to teach children of all ages about the joys of healthy eating. And
it is with this vision in mind that she set up The Cool Food School in 2018.
“At the Cool Food School we promote healthy eating in a fun and interactive environment for kids of all ages. We travel to schools, preschools and parties to teach children the value of eating healthy through a range of fun workshops and camps designed to encourage them to develop healthy habits. We’re all about encouraging children to enjoy wholesome food for a happier and healthier life.”
MINI MINDFULNESS MOMENTS
Louise Shanagher is a children’s therapist, mindfulness teacher and trainer.
Louise has a BA and MSc in Psychology and further qualifications in Play Therapy and Mindfulness.
She is the creator of the “Creative Mindfulness Kids” method and has trained hundreds of people to be children’s mindfulness teachers.
She is the author of six books: The "Mindfully Me" series, Ireland’s first series of mindfulness books for children and the “Kindfully Me” series and the co-author of Ireland's first mindfulness curriculum the "Mindful Heart" curriculum.
Louise is passionate about promoting positive mental health for children and young people. She believes that all children should get the opportunity to learn how to practice mindfulness and self-compassion and believes that these practices will help children lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
WATCH LOUISE DOING THIS WEEKS’ MINI MINDFULNESS MOMENT
Hello and welcome to The Kids Are All Right, a weekly podcast specially for kids, that's all about health, happiness and wellness. I'm Michelle and here with me are my co-pilots on this podcast, Boaster and Buddy.
Hey, guys, Buster here.
Oh, yeah and fan favourite Buddy coming at you!
And we're on a mission to help you all feel great and live happy!
Here we go again!
All right. So, guys, I have the most gorgeous meal last night, it was roasted cauliflower risotto, delicious!!
Roasted What with the what what!!? Urgh, That's disgusting!
No, really, it was so tasty.!
Michelle, what is it about parents always going on and on about kids eating their vegetables? I just don't get it yet?!
I don't get to either! It's like it's all they can think about, all they can talk about is....Eat more vegetables. It's like "Here's another spoonful of your lovely veggies." I mean, it's like they're obsessed of getting vegetables into kids. What's that all about?
Yeah, and they're not vegetables. They're Veggie-Terribles! Well, guys, it's because the right food, and in particular vegetables are so important to keep you healthy and well, and they are like the building blocks for a strong and healthy body and mind.
Well, Michelle, I sometimes dream about what would it be like if, say, sweets and chocolate were the very best thing to stay healthy and well! Could you imagine this Buster...? "Have some more sweets Darling!" " Oh, no problem Mum I'll eat lots of sweets!".
Well I'm afraid you'll have to dream on Buddy. That's never going to happen. But, you know, I think there are a lot more kids that actually like vegetables than you think. So to find out, we went out and about and asked some kids which vegetables were their favorites and which ones definitely weren't.
Oh, yeah, well, there's loads of different vegetables that kids like, and which I don't, wow!
So joining us today to chat about why parents are obsessed with getting vegetables into their kids is Deirdre Doyle, health coach and owner of the Cool Food School and mom of three kids. Hi Deirdre.
Oh, hi, guys. How are you?
So, Deirdre, can you tell me why you think parents spend days, months and even years trying to get kids to eat their vegetables?
Well, I think because parents realise the health benefits of vegetables and how they are such an important source of vitamins and minerals that are really important for everybody's bodies to function properly. And these are important not just for our bodies, for our brains too.
Oh, my goodness, yes really good for our brains! Yes. The other thing, Michelle, is that it's really important to eat what's called a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. So that means fruits and veggies of all different colours. So red, yellow, blue, green, purple, because they're all kind of like part of a jigsaw and they all need to fit together. So for instance you might be getting vitamin A from carrots, but if the only vegetable you eat is carrots then you're going to miss out on vitamin B, maybe some calcium that you might get from a green vegetable. So it's kind of like a jigsaw that you need to put all the pieces together and eat a wide range of vegetables.
So it sounds to me that the more colour you have, the more interesting things you can put into your body.
The more colour the better!
But Deirdre, how do we really know that vegetables really do all these important things?
How do we really know? Well, there's been lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of research over many, many years to show the benefits of veggies in our diet. And scientists say that eating lots of veggies, in fact, helps prevent us from getting sick. So it helps us to grow better. It helps us to give us power. You know, we're playing sports and things like that, but it also prevents us from getting sick. So scientists and doctors suggest that half of our place, so if you're looking at your dinner plate, that about half of it should be veggies , so it should be 50 percent veggies and about a quarter carbohydrates and a quarter is protein.
So it sounds to me that if I want to get faster and stronger in my rugby, because I love playing rugby, that I need to be thinking about what I eat as much as I think about doing my training and running. Does that sound right?
You are on the ball there, Buddy. Absolutely. Because if you think of it this way, you are what you put into your body. So like, if you have a car, well I know the boys and girls listening don't drive cars, but their parents do. So if you're driving a car and you go to a petrol station and you put the wrong fuel into your car, your car is not going to work properly. So if you put the wrong fuel into your body, you're not going to be strong and powerful.
So what would be the wrong fuel?
The wrong fuel would be things that are very highly processed foods. So things like biscuits, anything like that, Whole Foods. So a whole food is a food that has no list of ingredients with us. So if you go to the shop and pick up a carrot, where's the list of ingredients? There are none. OK, so it's a Whole Food. But processed food is a food that has a list of ingredients on it and the longer the list of ingredients, the more highly processed food is. So it's better to stay away from foods that are very highly processed and stick with foods that have minimal number of ingredients o the bag. Does that makes sense?
It does. The simpler, the better.
I heard when you were teaching the kids you do something that you call a food listening, if you don't mind me saying I didn't realize that food could talk?!
Ha ha! You're gas Buddy!
Yeah. I suppose, Deirdre, most of us don't think about the sound of food, but I suppose what you're really trying to do is to get kids to be a little bit more curious about food. So not just to focus on the taste, but to think about all the things about the food, like, say, the smell, feel and the sound.
Yeah. So the idea is to get the children to focus on the sound of the food. You don't really think about the sounds of food and in fact, most of us don't. So when we think about listening to food, we think maybe the sizzle of a pan or the sound of the kettle boiling. And actually the sounds of food actually inform us a little bit about that food. So, for example, when the kettle is boiling, you can hear that it's boiled. So when it gets to a certain point, as opposed to the taste or the look or the smell, and it's really amazing and it's really good fun.
Well, guys, myself and Deirdre have actually arranged for you guys to do some Food Listening now with some vegetables. So are you guys going to give it a go or do you need to shout; "I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here!"
No way, no, no, I'll give it a shot.
OK, so you're both going to have to be blindfolded for this bit. So theree in front of you I've left you two blindfolds. So if you can put those on. OK, let's check to make sure you can't see. OK, how many fingers am I holding up?
OK, I think we're good. I think we're good. OK, so we've decided we're going to get you guys to do this food listening with 4 vegetables. So I've laid out the four vegetables on the table there beside you both. OK, so Deirdre, over to you.
OK, pick up the first thing beside you. Yeah, yeah. Can you feel it? Yeah.. OK, so put it up really close to your ear when I count three, two, one. I want you to break it in half. We're going to hear what sound this vegetable makes. OK, we're ready. Yeah, yeah. OK. Three, two, one. Oh you're hear that. OK, now I want you to taste this. All right.
MMmm hmm. It actually tastes nice.
What does it taste like?
It actually reminds me of eating an apple sometimes. Yeah. It's very sweet.
So quite sweet. So that is in fact called a sugar snap. So it's called a sugar snap, I think, because it makes a Snap sound when you break it and it tastes sweet.
I'm not going to lie, Michelle. I actually really like the sugar snap.
Yeah, they're delicious!
So, guys, are you ready to go to the next one. So for this one you're going to focus on the sound of the food in your mouth. OK, so take a big bite. And focus on the sound in your mouth, what you're hearing.
Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch. It's like an army marching!
OK, then we're going to compare that with the next one. OK, so if you pick up your next vegetable and taste it, what does that sound like?
Oooh, this one is much more gooey!.
OK, so was it loud or quiet?
It was kind of quiet, actually quiet.
OK, compared to the one you just had before that, the previous one, was that one loud or quiet.
That was really that loud. Yeah.
OK, so that vegetable is a carrot and you can change the sound of a vegetable by doing something with it. So for example, in that situation the first carrot was raw and the second carrot was cooked. So by cooking the carrots, we changed the sound of it.
Wow, so they were both carrots.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. So with the sugar snap if we had cooked it or steamed it, it wouldn't have made the same snap as it does when it's raw. So isn't that really cool?!
So vegetables sound different from different ways of cooking them and they can also taste differently.
Yeah, they taste differently. So we only think about the taste but actually the sound changes when we cook a vegetable.
So shall we give them their last challenge Deirdre?
Yes, So what I want you to do with this one, guys, is put it between your teeth and bite down on it. When I count down from three to one again, like we did with the sugar. OK, are you ready yet? Three to one!
Uuurrrgh! It's gone everywhere...it's like an eyeball. It's dribbling right down my mouth and making a mess! Please don't tell us you got us to eat eyeballs.
Are they like gooey eyeballs. Are they?!! Well that is actually a tomato.
But I love tomato soup!
Yeah. You love tomato soup and would tomato soup be quiet or loud.
Well the way Buddy eats it, it is very loud!! Ha!
But when you eat the tomato when it's raw, is that loud or quiet. That's probably a bit louder isn't it, than tomato soup?
So you can look at lots of different vegetables and see are they loud or quiet. And then when you do something to them, like cook them, it's going to change the sound. So kids love doing that little experiment.
Yeah, that was actually really good fun. And I was surprised that I really like some of the ones that I thought I wouldn't have liked.
So, Deirdre, you actually have a really super way, it's kind of similar to what we've done there, a really super way for kids to think about vegetables, a way for them to maybe Not rule out a vegetable straightaway just because they think they might not like it.
Yeah! So I absolutely love vegetables. I love every type of vegetables and I love vegetables cooked in lots of different ways and served in lots of different ways. And I think sometimes children may only eat vegetables that are served in one or two particular ways. But if you think about all the huge amount of different ways that you can serve a vegetable, for example, let's take a carrot, for example. So a carrot can be served raw or cooked, as we've just shown that when we cook it, it can be boiled, it can be mashed with other vegetables. It could be roasted with a bit of honey. Oh, my goodness. I'm making myself hungry here! But it can be in a soup and a smoothie and a carrot cake and a carrot muffin, like there so many different ways!
Wait, did you just say carrot cake?
I did, yeah. And I actually didn't think there was carrots in there for a long, long time. But it turns out there are there are actually real carrots in a carrot cake. Or think of a pepper; a pepper can be eaten raw, It can be roasted, it's gorgeous in fajitas...did you ever eat fajitas Buster? So there are so many different ways. But what I would love children to think about, to think about as many different ways as they can to have their vegetables. Here's another one that I've started using a lot recently is cauliflower. And then you can roast that, you can boil it, you can put a cheese sauce over it, but also you can make cauliflower rice. That's super simple. Then you can use this instead of rice.
That's actually really cool.
Well, this sounds like a bit of a challenge in the making, I have to say, Deirdre.
Well, I think so, Michelle yeah.
OK, so kids like what we just talked about with the different ways you can eat a carrot or pepper or cauliflower. What we'd like you to do is pick a vegetable and think about five different ways you can make it really yummy to eat. Maybe it's making something tasty to dip it in and eating it raw Or maybe it's trying different ways of cooking it or adding different ingredients to it to make it the tastiest you think it can be. Get an adult to help you make some of your recipes and be as adventurous as you like. What do you think of that challenge, Deirdre?
I think that's a great challenge. Think of how delicious you can make them, think of the most delicious way. And there's lots and lots of recipes out there that you can try.
I think that's correct, though, because I think sometimes we just get a bit bored when it's like just boiled vegetables. It can be quite boring.
Yeah, yeah. And if you go into a restaurant, you will find that they have taken the vegetable and they have done something absolutely amazing to it to make it taste delicious. Just think a little bit outside the box. Let's get a Veg Revolution going, yeah, a Vege-lution!!
Deirdre, have you got any cool yummy veggie recipes that we can try at home?
Absolutely I do. So here is a really simple recipe. So smoothies are brilliant, but it depends what you put into them. And this smoothie is going to give you all the feel good factors that come with these veggies and fridge. So it's a cup of orange juice, carrot and a banana. And you blitz that all up in your blender, you add some ice and it's got lots and lots of goodness and nutrition and it's got all important calories in there as well.
That sounds delicious. Yeah!
Yeah, Vegetables can be fun and it's really important for us to make food fun and accessible.
Well, thanks for your time, Deirdre. That was great. I think you've definitely got us thinking differently about vegetables after all of that.
Well, actually, Deirdre, before you go, can I ask you my very special question?
Okay, I hope it's not too difficult, is it?
No, no, it's not. It's actually really fun. It's called Big Me to Little Me! So basically, if you could go back in time, what advice would Big Deirdre give to little Deirdre?
The advice I would give to Little Deirdre is to find whatever it is you're passionate about. And for me it was always food, and just keep following your passion. So if you guys are interested in something; it might be football or cycling or it might be reading, just follow that passion and keep keep going with it throughout your life because that's what's going to give you enjoyment and fulfilment.
Oh cool Deirdre. Before you go, we want to ask you, what's the funniest looking vegetable?!
The funniest looking vegetable?! Oh, my goodness. That is a tough one. I've seen some funny looking carrots in my time!
Yeah, Wonky Carrots!! Ha! Yes. Thanks so much!
Yeah. Thank you so much, guys.!
It's time to 'Rewind, Recap, Re-Think' Time! I can't believe that we did a whole show talking about vegetables and it was so much fun.
Yeah. And I hadn't really thought so much about vegetables and a healthy diet being just as important as working on my fitness for my rugby. I knew it was important, but not that important.
Yeah, Deirdre really got me looking and listening to food in such a different way. Next time I look at a vegetable, I'll be asking myself, OK, so can I think of five different ways to eat this vegetable? It's brilliant.
Yeah, I don't think I'll ever look at a vegetable quite the same way again.
Hey guys, it's that time again. It's time to Tickle Your Funny Bone!!
My name is Jamie and this is my joke. What do sea monsters eat? Fish and Ships! And I've got another. What game do crocodiles play? SNAP.
I'm Amelia and this is my joke. Why didn't the skeleton go to the party? Because he had no BODY to go with!!
AAAh, a full belly of laughs..AND of vegetables! But you know what, I think it's time we should settle down for a little bit, chill out our minds with our usual Mindfulness Moment.
Hello, everyone, my name's Louise, and welcome to this episode of Mini Mindfulness Moments. So today's Mini Mindfulness Moment is called Wiggle. Wiggle Your Toes. So when you're ready, I want you to wiggle, wiggle your toes, wiggle, wiggle your toes, wiggle, wiggle your toes...And stop and notice your feet and feel your feet on the ground. And go again, wiggle, wiggle your toes, wiggle, wiggle your toes, wiggle, wiggle your toes...And stop and notice how your feet feel and feel your feet on the ground, feel the front and back of your feet and your heels. Well done, you did so well, remember, you can do this Mini Mindfulness Moment any time you like. Bye for now and looking forward to seeing you next time.
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Yes, indeed. And remember, guys, try to be Healthy.
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