Sometimes the best way to get your kids to eat fruit and veggies is to make sure they don't even know they're eating them.
Is your family comprised of finicky eaters? The kind that eat around the broccoli in a chicken-and-broccoli casserole and moan about having even a few peas put on their plate? Well, here are some secrets for making sneaking fruit and vegetables into your meals as easy as one, two, three!
1. Juice it. First, juice some family-favorite fruit such as apples. Then, juice smaller amounts of other fruit and vegetables, such as mango and spinach, to mix with the apple juice. Experiment and create flavors that have enough sweetness to appeal to the kids and enough nutrition to make you happy as well.
2. Puree it. Keep some pureed cooked vegetables on hand to easily boost the nutritional value of some tried and true child-friendly dishes. A spoonful or two of pureed sweet potato is undetectable when mixed into a bowl of macaroni and cheese or used to coat chicken strips before breading and baking.
3. Hide it. The idea here is, if it's small enough and mixed into something yummy, they won't even notice. So add shredded zucchini to your muffin mix, thinly sliced pear to your turkey melt, diced carrots to your meatloaf recipe, minced broccoli to an empanada or calzone and so on.
Eating a balanced diet is important for overall wellbeing. To learn more about healthy eating, talk to your family doctor, your child's pediatrician or a registered dietician. If you need help finding a doctor to meet with, use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 1-855-868-6262 for a referral.