Some parents almost tear their hair out trying to get their little picky eater to consume his or her veggies. Nevertheless, most children will eventually outgrow picky eating, but until then, a parent has to be smart and find ways to get kids to eat vegetables. Here are some cunning techniques that a parent can use to sneak vegetables into a kids menu.
How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables
1. Blend Them into Smoothies – kids love smoothies. A good smoothie can conceal the taste of some of the vegetables your child dislikes. You, however, must be creative since some combinations may have an appealing color or smell.
2. Bake Them into Snacks
Someone once told me that the only limitation in my kitchen was my imagination. Who said that you can’t have zucchinis and carrots baked into cookies that your kids will love? Some vegetables can also be added to your pastries. Check out these healthy cookie recipes to get some ideas. For example, did you know you could make cookies from pumpkin puree?
3. Use Cheese as a Cover
It’s hard for a kid to say no to broccoli and cheese. Who knows what other vegetables cheese can cover up? Again be creative and apply cheese to some of the vegetables you want your child to eat.
4. Veggie-Scrambled Eggs
This, in fact, is a very healthy way of starting the day. You could have scrambled eggs for breakfast with veggies incorporated into it. A frittata or quiche could, for example, have spinach, mushroom or asparagus.
5. Tell The Kid to Help You Make a Personalized Vegetable Pizza
If the little one is involved in designing her own pizza, it is possible that she is going to eat it. You could add bean sprouts, cherry tomatoes, peas, mushrooms, shredded carrots… Almost anything! Great way to get kids to eat vegetables!
6. Mix them up with macaroni
You can always throw in some veggies in the good old mac ‘n’ cheese to get kids to eat vegetables. Even the sneakiest of kids won’t see this coming.
Most vegetables make great purees that can be hidden in your child’s favorite dish. Zucchini and carrot purees, for instance, are a terrific delight for kids, thanks to their sweet flavor.
Do you have some neat trick on how to get kids to eat vegetables?