Hiding The Good (For You) Stuff

A few days ago one of my kids asked me ‘Do your taste buds change when you’re an adult?’ after trying something that I had been eating.  Made me laugh because I’m sure we’ve all as adults eaten foods that we never would’ve touched as kids, right!?  Sometimes the trick is just hiding the good (for you) stuff until they know for themselves what’s good for them!  Here is Gabrielle with a few tricks to put up your sleeve!  Take a look…

Hiding the Good (for you) Stuff

Last week we had tacos for dinner.  (We have some form of tacos almost every week.  Who doesn’t love tacos?) I made the mistake of putting lettuce on the toddler’s plate.  She refused to eat anything on the plate as a result. She is the only person I’ve ever known who willingly walks away from tacos.

I love vegetables, but my kids are another story.  I often have to sneak veggies into things I know they will eat. We have yet to try the cauliflower rice or mashed potatoes, but only because those are two of my kids’ absolute favorite foods, and I think they could spot an imposter a mile away.

There are a few vegetables, though, that are easily incorporated into some of our favorite foods.

Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables to eat.  I can eat spinach as a salad or as a cooked side dish.  My children, however, are not as enamored as I am, and so I have to hide it between layers of cheese and meat.  Spinach works wonders in a lasagna or even on a delivery pizza.  (Make sure you tell them to put the spinach under the cheese and sauce.  I forgot to tell them one time, and they showed up to my door with a perfectly cooked pizza, covered in barely wilted greens.   I nearly had to eat the whole thing myself. )  Spinach also works really well in a quiche.  Eggs and cheese are as universally loved as tacos. You can also throw frozen spinach in with the kid’s favorite fruit smoothie (as if kids have a favorite smoothie.)

Carrots are another easy vegetable to mask.  You can grate them and hide them in meatloaf or burgers.  Carrots pair well with mangos, oranges, or even peaches in fruit smoothies

You could always swap out the regular French fries or tater tots for the sweet potato versions.  The kids are going to cover them in ketchup anyway, right?  Ketchup does not count as vegetable, but its what’s under the ketchup that counts.  So make it count.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

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