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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,


Ever Wonder? Quick Answers to Some Nutrition Questions!

Are presweetened cereals more cavity promoting than unsweetened cereals?  Carbohydrates in both starches and sugars “nourish” bacteria that promote tooth decay.  Whether or not they’re presweetened, their cavity factor depends on how long cereals stick between teeth or in crevices in molars.  Although not a dental issue, presweetened cereals often have more calories and don’t provide the fiber than unsweetened cereals often provide.

Do bleeding gums mean you are not getting enough Vitamin C?  It’s not likely unless you a have a deficiency.  Most cases of bleeding gums is poor oral hygiene.

What is the difference between “enriched” and “fortified”?  Both mean that vitamins for minerals were added to make a food more nutritious.  Enriched means adding back nutrients that were lost during processing.  Fortified means adding nutrients that weren’t present originally.

How many carrots do you need to eat to meet your day’s need for Vitamin A?

You need a handful a day to meet your daily needs.

How does frozen custard differ from ice cream?  It’s about the same.  The only difference is that more egg yolks are used in custard.

Are dry roasted nuts are lower in fat than oil-roasted nuts?  They have about the same amount per ounce.  Nuts don’t absorb much oil when they’re roasted. The fat comes from the nuts themselves.  They are also a good source and provide fiber.

Does sugar cause hyperactivity?  Sugar has been wrongly accused as a cause of hyperactivity.  Even though no scientific evidence supports the link between the intake of sugar and hyperactivity, many parents and caregivers seem reluctant to put this notion aside.

Why do you feel thirsty after eating salty food?  Salt is made of two minerals:  Sodium and chloride.  When you eat salty foods, your body uses water to flush extra sodium away.  With water loss, you feel thirsty and you likely drink more.

Information in this article was obtained from Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd edition.  Roberta Larson Duyff

Good health is important from the inside out. Learn more about how Tiffany nourishes her body from the outside by checking out her website at tglenn.myrandf.biz Tiffany lives in Lorena with her husband Tim, son age 15 and daughters’ ages 9 and 13. E-mail: tiffanydglenn@gmail.com