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Cooking for kids, with Aldo Zilli

Celebrity chef, Aldo Zilli gave us a masterclass in making healthy food for children. Here are some of the fantastic tips we came away with...

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Aldo's Masterclass Tips

Fruit and Vegetables

A serving of fruit or vegetables is roughly equal to the amount that will fit into your child's hand.

If you do use tinned make sure it is without added salt.

Disguise the vegetables in soups, pizzas.

Do not overcook fruit and vegetables as it reduces the vitamin content.

Pasta, Breads, Rice, Potatoes

Encourage vitamin and iron-enriched cereals.

Offer wholemeal, granary and rye as an alternative to white bread.

Pasta shapes are a good way for your child to have fun when eating.

Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans, Nuts

Try minced beef, turkey, chicken, pork or lamb as most children prefer their meat to be soft and moist so shepherds pie, meatballs, Bolognese

Add lentils, chick peas, kidney beans to casserole or strews.

Oily fish should be given to your children once or twice a week.

Make your own fish fingers, burgers, etc. so your child will still enjoy them but there will be no additives and salts.


Give full fat/whole milk to children under 2.

Semi-skimmed can be given after 2 if your child is growing well.

Skimmed milk is only for children over 5.


Butternut squash - low in saturated fat and sodium and a good source of Vitamins A & C

Sweet Potatoes - source of Vitamin A, B and C

Tomatoes - excellent source of Vitamin C

Basil - Vitamin A

Turkey - iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, and B vitamins

Spinach - one of the healthiest vegetables, spinach ranks high for vitamins and minerals

Rocket - is a rich source of certain phytochemicals and Vitamin A

Salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. It's also a healthy source of high-quality protein, rich in vitamins and minerals—and very low in saturated fat.

Broccoli - phosphorous, B1, B2 and sodium

We took part in a fun and informative Baby Zilli masterclass at Zilli Fish. For further information or to book a place, contact Luisa Alves on 020 7437 4867.

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