5 Ways to Sneak Veggies into Your Kids’ Food
Not everyone is a fan of veggies. It can be a real struggle getting in the recommended servings of veggies per day as part of a balanced diet. It’s even tougher if you have a picky eater (like Tarashaun’s daughter Dakota!!)
Blender Babes has a few tips and tricks for how to start sneaking in some vegetables into your family’s meals without them ever knowing!
Your blender will prove to be a real asset! (Hint, hint)
1. Spinach in Smoothies, Pouches, Popsicles and Ice Creams
Spinach is one of the easiest things to disguise in your quest to start eating healthy.
It has a mild taste but is loaded with iron, vitamins and protein.
The easiest thing you can put it in is a smoothie, pouch or popsicle!
Use a high-speed blender, like a Blendtec or Vitamix for a super smooth consistency your kids will enjoy.
Note: If you don’t have a power blender yet, no worries! Here’s some tips for making green smoothies in regular blender.
If your kids don’t like the green color, just tell them it’s Hulk Juice and will make them big and strong!
Or try blending it with blueberries!
I find the color will turn out more purple than green and can be more appealing.
Also put the smoothie in a cup that isn’t see through, with lid and straw and they will NEVER KNOW!
Try this Easy Breezy Kid-friendly Green Smoothie which will disguise the taste of spinach so you can enjoy its delicious nutrition!
This ALSO works with ice creams!
2. Leafy Greens in Spaghetti Sauce
Next time you are making a batch of spaghetti sauce, add some pureed spinach.
Spinach is a powerhouse and very nutrient-dense which means it is very low in calories but packed with nutrients and vitamins.
Sneak this food in whenever you can!
It’s almost undetectable when pureed into your spaghetti sauce – the kids will never know!
Try the Blender Babes’ RAWsome Marinara Sauce (just add pureed spinach).
Once you have them fooled, try experimenting with other leafy greens such as kale or Swiss chard.
3. Add Cauliflower to Mashed Potatoes
Everyone loves mashed potatoes!
Try mashing 50% cooked potatoes with 50% cooked cauliflower; add a bit of butter, garlic, salt and pepper. (Yum!)
You can keep increasing the ratio of cauliflower to potatoes and eventually try this Smashed Cauliflower and Cheese!
Kids AND adults love this easy side dish recipe!
4. Avocado in your Desserts or Smoothies
Avocados are an excellent replacement for butter in many desserts.
It’s best when paired with chocolate because the green color is hidden by the darkness of the chocolate.
Avocados make extremely smooth and creamy pudding.
Try whipping up this Chocolate Pudding for your next dessert.
You will never know it’s full of healthy fats!
5. Zucchini in Your Muffins and Burgers
You wouldn’t know there is zucchini in these Zucchini Chocolate Muffins.
Zucchini muffins are a great way to sneak veggies and get your kids to start eating healthy in the morning without compromising on the taste.
Blender Babes has combined the best of both worlds, delicious taste and nutrition in these AMAZING Gluten-Free Zucchini Carrot Muffins!
Oh, and next time you are craving a mouth watering juicy burger simply whip up a batch of turkey burgers, and add some shredded zucchini!
Jamie Eason’s Italian Turkey Burger recipe is to die for!
There you have it! These five tips for sneaking veggies into your kids’ food is sure to help them eat more nutritious foods.
Start eating healthy today!
Do you have any tips to add?
Let us know what your favorite sneaky methods are in the comments below. I look forward to trying some new tricks! 🙂