David and Stephen Flynn, authors of The Happy Pear, are all about making vegetarian food fun, delicious and accessible to their kids. We asked them what their favourite family bedtime stories are
We both have young families and after a long day at work we love nothing more than settling in for the night and spending some time with the kids. They love bedtime stories and it’s such a fun time to bond with them! We’ve been lucky enough to be sent some great books and we try where possible to read them books with meaningful messages within, whether that’s around healthy eating, love or nature. Here are some of our favourites, all of which have been enjoyed time and time again!
I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
It’s a really sweet take on a story that involves a little girl who won’t eat any healthy food. Her brother decides to creatively rename the fruit and veg with fun names like Wiglets from Jupiter (carrots!). The kids love it and it injects a bit of fun and encouragement into eating veg!
Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush
Elise LOVES this one! It’s a tribute to national parks around the world and basically connects children with nature. It’s a great way to get kids thinking about fun things to do that don’t involve technology! It’s all about the outdoors and has definitely made her notice all the beauty around her.
I Love you Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown
This is such a pretty book to look at and the kids just love it! At the core it’s all about encouraging unconditional love. It’s told through lots of little animal, all different in shape and size and it’s about sticking together through thick and thin. It’s very visual and is lovely for kids.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
This is just great without being overly sappy! It’s about life and balancing things but still having fun along the way. Another really positive message for kids and it’s super funny too!
I Can Eat a Rainbow by Annabel Karmel
This was a great one when the kids were small and is another great way to make eating fruit and vegetables fun. Theo and I used to read this together and he loved it! It gives colours to fruit and veg instead of names like ‘delicious yellow’ and ‘scrumptious purple’ and makes it all that bit more fun! It’s a great way to turn fussy eaters into healthy ones!
The No 1 bestselling cookery book in Ireland - for two years running!
'These lovely boys always create incredibly tasty food.' Jamie Oliver
Let's face it: while we want to eat more fruit and veg and things we know are good for us, we sometimes fall short because we're not sure how to turn all that great produce into great food.
Well, welcome to the Happy Pear way of eating - healthy but never worthy, easy but never dull, and packed with mind-blowing flavour, exciting texture and vibrant colour.
The Happy Pear opened ten years ago when twins David and Stephen Flynn, passionate about starting a food revolution in their home town, took over their local fruit and veg shop and later opened a café. Their revolution has not only succeeded, but it is spreading, and The Happy Pear's fans range from young parents to pensioners, ladies-who-lunch to teens-on-the-run, hipsters to Hollywood stars.
David and Stephen's first cookbook is full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious - and yes, still wholesome! - cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges. David and Stephen also tell their story (how they transformed from jocks to hippies before finally finding their groove), share their top tips for maximizing taste and goodness in food, and explain how they've succeeded in building a food business based on flavour, health and community.
'The poster boys for a healthy way of life' Sunday Times
'I love The Happy Pear ... genuinely good food that brings healthy eating in from the cold' Irish Times
'My favourite [vegetarian cookbook] ... packed with recipes, health advice and inspirational stories.'Huffington Post
'A beautifully presented book with mouthwatering photography' Woman's Way
'A healthy eating phenomenon' Mail on Sunday
'These Irish twins are on a roll' Time Out
'[They] couldn't look healthier or happier ... the poster boys for vegetarianism in Ireland' The Times
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