Wednesday, 4 June 2014

5 ways to sneak veggies into your toddler's diet

I feel like a week doesn't go by where I am not agonising over the lack of vegetables in my children's diets. If you could live on carbs, meat and dairy alone then Miss M and Master Q would be set. How to get your kids to eat vegetables is a regular topic of discussion amongst Mums and although it's hit and miss I have actually come up with some winners, maybe there a some on my list that might work for your kids!
1. Pesto- God knows why but for some reason the green of pesto does not equate to veggies with kids. We call our pesto pasta nights, "Froggy Pasta night" and the kids will eat bowls of it. My favourite is Kale and walnut pesto (you can find the recipe here). I've also managed to get them to eat it spread on some flatbreads topped with cheese and grilled.
Kale Pesto Pasta
2. Cauliflower puree- This beauty has been a recent addition to our meals and has become a favourite of mine as it is just so versatile. I use it in most recipes that call for a white sauce, works great with lasagna, tuna bake or my old faithful pasta bake.
My favourite pasta bake
3. Smoothies- Every day I start off with a smoothie. My usual includes frozen strawberries, milk, flaxseed and berry powder, a big handful of baby spinach leaves and some chocolate protein powder. Miss M loves it, Master Q is a strange one and doesn't like 'cold' food (??) but I hope I can wean him onto it. You can't taste the spinach and at least I know I have gotten one serve of greens into Miss M's day!
4. Frittata- I've mentioned this before but if you cut up some greens (spinach or par-cooked kale) and put it into a frittata my kids will eat it, I do make sure that when I serve it you can only see cheese and egg on the top and I have managed to slip this past them a few times, definitely worth a try!
5. Cake- Yep of course the easiest and most sure fire way to get kids to eat some veggies, put it in something sweet! My favourite and the one I use in baking the most is zucchini. Zucchini in chocolate cake or brownies is great. I have also used sweet potato in biscuits and a few other gems which have momentarily slipped my mind. There are some great cake or muffin recipes out there that you can use veggies in, here is my Zucchini Chocolate Cake and Zucchini Chocolate Cupcakes to get you started!
Zucchini Chocolate Cake (sugar free)
Zucchini Chocolate Cupcake (sugar free)


 Have you got some tricks to get your kids to eat veggies? Feel free to share!

1 comment:

  1. I have had success. I must brag. My boys absolutely love potatoes.....on fish and chip night. LOL!!!


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