British children have 'never eaten' traditional teatime meals

The end of dippy eggs! A THIRD of British children haven’t tried teatime classics like spaghetti hoops on toast, survey shows – as carb-conscious parents serve up posh meals of risotto, salmon and broccoli instead

  • British parents are choosing not to serve up traditional children’s teatime meals 
  • Ditching dishes like spaghetti hoops on toast and dippy eggs for healthier foods
  • Research shows many British children have never eaten toad in the hole for tea
  • Instead parents are serving up salmon, avocado, mango and even olives  

Traditional children’s teatime favourites such as spaghetti hoops on toast, toad in the hole and even dippy eggs and soldiers could be consigned to history – as many youngsters have never eaten them, according to a survey.

Research has revealed some of the classic kids’ dinners which are falling out of fashion with modern carb-conscious parents, with as many as 34 per cent saying their children have never enjoyed a dippy egg and soldiers for their tea.

Spaghetti hoops on toast is also off the menu for 29 per cent of youngsters, while 34 per cent have never made their kids the well-loved combination of ham, egg, and chips.

Instead, today’s tots have a classy appetite and are more likely to be eating salmon with Tenderstem broccoli (49 per cent), snack on mango (59 per cent) or even tuck into a risotto (29 per cent.) 


Traditional children’s teatime favourites such as ham, egg, and chips (left, stock image), toad in the hole and even dippy eggs and soldiers (right, stock image) could be consigned to history – as many youngsters have never eaten them, according to a survey

THE TRADITIONAL CHILDRENS’ MEALS WHICH ARE FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE

Spaghetti hoops on toast is also off the menu for 29 per cent of youngsters

1. Ham, egg, and chips (34% of modern parents have never fed their kids this for dinner)

2. Dippy eggs and soldiers 30%

3. Spaghetti hoops on toast 29%

4. Chicken nuggets and chips 29%

5. Fish fingers, beans, and chips 28%

6. Fish fingers, peas, and potato waffles 28%

7. Toad in the hole 26%

8. Beans on toast 23%

9. Bangers and mash 23%

10. Burger and chips 20%

 

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of the 1,500 mums and dads polled claim they would not think to feed their kids the hearty classic, toad in the hole (26 per cent), with beans on toast (23 per cent) and even bangers and mash (23 per cent) making the list.

The launch comes as one in two modern parents (51 per cent) admit their children have a far more sophisticated and varied diet than they did at their age – with a third (33 per cent) amazed by how sophisticated their little ones are when it comes to mealtimes.

Today’s tots have a classy appetite and are more likely to be eating salmon with Tenderstem broccoli (49 per cent).

Plus, according to the poll, children today are snacking on nutritious foods like cherry tomatoes (59 per cent), mango (59 per cent) as well as avocado (49 per cent), hummus (44 per cent) and olives (31 per cent) – a far cry from old school eats.

Instead, today’s tots have a classy appetite and are more likely to be eating salmon with Tenderstem broccoli (49 per cent) (pictured, stock image) 

More than half (54 per cent) of modern parents prefer their children not to have a fizzy drink with their dinner, while 39 per cent would rarely offer sugary cereals for breakfast.

Modern children are also more accustomed to enjoying risotto (29 per cent) and dairy free ice cream (29 per cent) – as parents won’t dish up pizza (18 per cent), chocolate (18 per cent) or even the teatime classic, the jam sandwich (17 per cent).

In fact, nearly two thirds (64 per cent) of parents revealed they always try to feed their little one’s healthy food instead of less nutritious junk meals, and one in two (49 per cent) say they’d want their tiny tots to eat a much more varied and colourful diet.

What is more, 78 per cent say they like to give their kids a wide variety of foods.

The new research also showed how 29 per cent of youngsters would more likely tuck into a risotto for dinner 

Plus, according to the poll, children today are snacking on nutritious foods like cherry tomatoes (59 per cent) and mango (59 per cent) (pictured) 

The research commissioned by V&Me, the new fresh food delivery service for little kids has been designed to mark the launch of the first silver spoon restaurant for tots and babies, which aims to provide expertly planned meals and broaden the early years’ palettes. 

Mulu Sun, Founder of V&Me said: ‘The survey clearly shows children now have more sophisticated taste buds than previous generations and parents’ attitudes towards feeding children are changing.

‘At V&Me, we want to keep some of the traditional dishes at the heart of our menu but provide more nutritious versions of these classics.

‘Our opening of the UK’s first ever silver spoon restaurant for tots saw us treat guests to a special three-course meal inspired by some of the world’s best restaurants. 

‘We want to bring the level of attention to detail from fine-dining into early years, with food all freshly cooked by highly trained chefs and collaboratively designed by our team of paediatric dietitians – and give the next generation the best healthy start they all deserve!’

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