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Incorporating Vegetables in a Kid-Friendly Way

Learn how to prepare items in your Produce Box this week in ways your family will love!

I know, getting your little ones to eat greens is a fight at every meal. It’s so easy to want to give in and let them only eat frozen chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. But with great challenges comes great responsibility as a parent: You are responsible for making sure your child is getting the correct nutrients. 

Here are a few ways to incorporate items we have in our Produce Box this week into your meals in a way that may not raise a red flag for your child and will hopefully make your life a tiny bit easier.

Spinach

Okay, most adults can’t even find a way to enjoy this one. Spinach is a more acquired taste than most other veggies, but it is great for your body and full of nutrients. The trick for this is to disguise it in something with a stronger flavor so the kids don’t taste it as much. 

The best way to disguise the spinach flavor and eliminate the textured crunch is to blend it in a fruity smoothie. Usually the sweetness of a fruit smoothie makes the spinach taste obsolete. 

If your kids are pretty observant and protest anything green, another suggestion would be to make the smoothie darker in color by adding darker fruits. This will hide the green nature of the smoothie so your little ones don’t get too suspicious of it being healthy.

Russet Potatoes and Yellow Onion

Potatoes are what make French fries, so I have a feeling this won’t be the hardest thing to convince a child to eat. The trick is to get them to eat potatoes that aren’t in french-fry form and served with onions mixed in.

Dicing up potatoes and a yellow onion and frying them in oil on a skillet is a great way to mix up their intake of carbs and open their mind to the idea of onions. Even people who hate onions might not notice onions in this recipe, because it blends so well with the crispy potato pieces, and gives a hint of more flavor and sweetness to the dish.

While this recipe isn’t the healthiest one possible, it is a sneaky way to get a child to eat onions. (I mean who really eats onions raw?) Onions are important for their diet because they contain a plethora of antioxidants and help reduce high blood pressure, prevent blood clots and fight inflammation in the body.

Avocados

While this is a creamy food that babies may like, the older kids may, again, see green and run for the hills. Also, the fact that avocados have a subtle and particular taste may make your kids less than eager to eat it when they could eat something salty or rich. The trick here is to turn it into a dessert that is sweet and chocolatey.

This trick was new to me too, and I have to say, whichever parent invented this is pure genius. Avocado chocolate pudding. You blend up ripe avocados with unsweetened cocoa, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and chill in the fridge. This creates a pudding texture and the taste of chocolate masks the taste of an avocado. Plus, it gives the kids a dessert that’s way healthier than the real chocolate pudding full of unhealthy fats, sugars and preservatives.

Were any of these ideas new to you? Do you have any other go-to hacks to sneak healthy foods into meals? We’d love to hear from you!

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