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Some days getting kids to eat their vegetables can feel like an uphill battle. While the goal is to help your kids learn to enjoy a variety of foods (including veggies!), in the meantime you might need some help getting healthy foods in them while you work on that.
Here are some meals and snacks that are easier to hide vegetables in. Try these suggestions, or get creative and let us know what ideas you come up with!
Smoothies are probably the first idea that comes to mind for an easy way to get greens in your kids’ diets. If your kids are suspicious of a smoothie that looks “too healthy” (i.e. too green!), start with an all-fruit smoothie and then add small amount of greens every day. Bonus points if you call them milkshakes!
My kids never turn down a pasta dish. Try blending veggies up and mixing them into your pasta sauces! Think cauliflower in alfredo sauce, or carrots or sweet potatoes in marinara sauce.
Take the pasta idea a step farther and finely chop or puree veggies and add them to your meatballs.
Mac & Cheese
This is my favorite way to add vegetables into my kids’ food! They never turn down mac & cheese. Try cooking cauliflower, butternut squash, and carrots until tender, then blend them until smooth and mix into your cheese sauce.
There are two easy ways to add vegetables to muffins: first, finely shred zucchini or carrots and mix them into your muffin batter. I actually like my muffins better like this! Or try adding mashed sweet potato, carrots, or avocado to your batter. Any of these add moisture to baked goods and can make them taste even more delicious!
Don’t forget dessert! Try making chocolate pudding with avocados and get those healthy fats in! Just blend up some ripe avocados and mix them with unsweetened cocoa, sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.