Struggling with a picky eater? Worried your child isn’t eating enough fruits and veggies? Start sneaking vegetables into your child’s food to avoid meal time battles and increase the nutritional value of what they are eating. One thing I have learned as a parent is to pick my battles. The other thing is that when I push too hard on a topic my son will push just as hard back. The more a particular issue means to me, the more it becomes a bone of contention. However, if I let it go and act like I don’t care then there is no longer an issue because he has no one to fight with if I’m not willing to fight. That’s why sneaking vegetables into kids food is the perfect way to end the battle of the dinner table. You’ll be able to end the focus on WHAT your child is eating and start focusing on enjoying meals together. Since you know they are eating vegetables you can provide a relaxed atmosphere while you secretly know they are eating healthy even if they don’t. It’s a win-win!
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20 Ways to Sneak Vegetables into Kids Food
1. Add pureed winter squash to macaroni and cheese.
2. Mix shredded carrots into meatballs.
3. Use vegetables instead of pasta. Try spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.
4. Add chopped mushrooms to Sloppy Joes or meatloaf.
5. Mash cauliflower into mashed potatoes.
6. Blend onions and carrots and add it to marinara sauce.
7. Add pumpkin puree to pizza sauce and make your own pizza with it.
8. Top pizza with red peppers then add the cheese on top.
9. Cut up carrots added to creamy potato soup won’t be noticed.
10. Layer in a little spinach in lasagna.
11. Make sweet potato fries instead of the regular kind.
12. Add shredded zucchini or summer squash to casseroles.
13. Mix broccoli with manicotti inside of stuffed shells.
14. Blend spinach in with a smoothie that contains blueberries (the dark color with mask the green of the spinach).
15. Add finely chopped onions or shredded carrots to salmon cakes.
16. Make pumpkin pie.
17. Puree vegetables and make a bisque such as butternut squash soup.
18. Pureed vegetables can also be added to a creamy soup like clam chowder.
19. Sneak any veggie into your child’s favorite burrito.
20. Dehydrate kale and make kale chips.
Do you ever sneak vegetables into your child’s food? What are some of your tips and tricks for getting your kids to eat healthy?
You can also get some healthy meal ideas over at our easy family recipes gallery!