I love love love veggies… which is a good thing since I don’t eat meat! ha! However, my love for vegetables did not get passed on to my kids! It turns out I am not alone, since many of my friends are often looking for ways to sneak more veggies in their kids meals. In fact, only 1 in 10 Americans eat the daily recommended amount of veggies. Don’t worry, I am here to help!
Sneaky Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies:
Offer Variety: I am constantly offering my kids a taste of whatever vegetable dish I am eating. They are pretty good with at least trying a bite of something new. I always say, “Imagine if you thought ice cream had looked gross and decided to never take a bite?!” It works every time. 😉 Also, don’t be afraid to go back to a veggie they didn’t like a few months before, since they may change their mind.
Enhance the Flavors: If you want your kids to enjoy vegetables, make sure they actually taste good! There’s a good chance you don’t love bland, steamed veggies… yet that is how a lot of people prepare them for kids! Roast up a colorful platter of veggies with seasoning to make the flavors pop. When it comes to my kids I have no problem using a good amount of butter or glazing veggies with a little coconut sugar. Obviously, I don’t want to make every vegetable a sugary treat, but I think doctoring them up a bit to make them really delicious helps kids become more open to trying new vegetables.
Take Advantage of Hunger: I pack a ton of veggies in my kids lunches, since I know they will be pretty hungry and will be more likely to eat them. (especially for my son) I pack his lunch full of chopped veggies and fruits and he almost always eats them all.
Hide Them: I want my kids to like vegetables, but sometimes you just have to sneak them in. Pureed veggies can easily be hidden in sauces. Throw a few veggies in the mix for taco night. Try adding veggies to baked goods. Since I am a horrible baker, I love Garden Lites muffins. This company makes it easy to eat your veggies, since the first ingredient in these delicious muffins is zucchini!! (but your kids will never know!)
My kids love these muffins! All you do is pop them into the microwave for 35 seconds and they are ready to go! (I toss them right into their lunches frozen and they are thawed by the time the kids eat them) Hudson was SHOCKED when I told him the first ingredient was zucchini and said there was no way he would have known.
The Garden Lites Chocolate Muffins are my son’s favorite and I love that they are 33% vegetables!! They also have no-GMO’s and are allergy-friendly. (Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free) They are the perfect breakfast or after-school snack and my kids love them. You can find this and all Garden Lites products in the natural foods freezer section at Publix!
There are my favorite sneaky ways to get your kids to eat more veggies! If after going through all this, your kids still turn their nose at vegetables, don’t worry! They have plenty of time to come around, just keep trying! Be sure to check out Garden Lites for more information!