I know what it’s like sometimes, it can be such a struggle to make sure your family is eating right, especially when you are trying to juggle work, school, chores and cooking, but we all know how important it is to be eating our recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables each day. And even though we eat a relatively clean and healthy diet here at the Heart’s household, at the end of the day – I still have kids. And kids are always going to be kids.
I’m quite lucky that my daughter has taken such an interest in food and loves to help me out in the kitchen, which is a great way to get them excited about eating veggies – especially the green ones, but on days where she is really putting her foot down, or I feel we all need an extra veggie boost I’ll blend them up into a sauce or add them into her favourite foods. Here are my favourite ways of getting an added boost without anyone knowing!
3 Delicious Dishes with Hidden Veg
Pancakes & Porridge are Both ‘Grate’
These are both amazing breakfast dishes to make sure your kids (or you) are starting the day, the right way. My Carrot Cake porridge has a whole carrot grated in there, and you wouldn’t even know it. You can also grate carrot or courgette into pancake batters before frying, they add a subtle sweetness and no kid ever turns down pancakes, especially when topped with their favourite toppings.
Veggie Power Your Smoothies
Smoothies are a fantastic way of getting a veggie hit without anyone knowing. You can add frozen cauliflower or avocado to get a super creamy texture. Or add a handful of spinach and kale to really boost things up.
That’s a Soup-er Idea
An amazing way to hide their worst veggies - just add a handful and blend together with all their favourites, they won’t know what’s inside but be delighted with a deliciously warming bowl of goodness especially with a nice chunk of bread on the side to dip in.
How I get My Daughter to Eat More Veggies:
But sometimes the best way to get them to eat their vegetables is to be open and honest. Get your little ones in the kitchen with you, or while you are out shopping. Get them talking, asking questions and getting excited about whole produce. They’re more likely to want to eat something that they have had the option and choice in choosing it. This is especially great when introducing them to new or different products. I always like to keep things interesting and introduce my mini-me to new varieties. We sit down, chop them all up and try them together. Some we eat raw either cut up into fun shapes and sizes to dip into our favourite dips (mostly made with more blended veggies), some we make kebabs with and roast, others we steam, or pickle or just put in a sandwich. We try things together; if she doesn’t like it – she doesn’t like it. But she’s being allowed to make her own choices and find things that work for her, which is all we can hope for!
New Veg? No Problem – how to introduce your kid to new vegetables.
It can be hard introducing kids to new ingredients so here are my top five ingredients and what to do with them, to ease your little ones in slowly.
Tomatoes – blend into a tomato sauce and get them to make their own mini pizzas. Guaranteed win for any kid (or adult!)
Cucumber – cut into sticks and eat with their favourite dips or juice it into lemonade. It introduces them to the flavour in a fun way where it doesn’t feel ‘too’ healthy.
Avocado – let them mash them up and make homemade nachos, or just spread on toast. They will love that they were able to transform its texture and feel like the ultimate MasterChef.
Courgette – it has a subtle flavour so can be quite ‘bland’ for a lot of kids, so jazz it up and add to sauces, grate into pancakes or porridge or marinate with herbs and spices.
Carrots – again these have a great subtle taste and can be a great fun snack. Slice and dip, grate into cupcake or muffin batters, roast them into fries or bake them into crisps.
What are your tips when it comes to getting your little ones to eat more vegetables. If you need more inspiration or any help you can always reach out to me via email or find me on my Facebook,Twitter or Instagram. Also if you want more healthy recipes, check out my Youtube channel. Loads of fabulous and easy recipes waiting for you there.