It is an age-old problem & it can be hard to deal with. There have been millions of showdowns & tantrums due to vegie standoffs. It seems even the best eaters will push the boundaries sometimes on foods they would eat yesterday but not today. Yup, everyone has been there at some point.
Sometimes it’s easier to just hide the vegies & forgo the argument, because we all know vegies are important. It is also, a great way to boost your own vege intake too!
Some sneaky tips learned along the way:
🍽 Ditch the pasta & make zucchini noodles AKA zoodles instead. The pasta sauce hides the taste of the zoodles.
🍽 Smoothies are great as generally they are sweet, which means kids love them. A fabulous option to hide vegies in plus a great dessert option. I find frozen zucchini makes for a creamier taste; the strong flavours of carrot & spinach are almost impossible to detect flavour wise when added with fruit such as bananas.
🍽 Try adding grated vegies to everything. Carrots, broccoli, capsicum, mushrooms & onion can all be used on pizzas, in lasagne, or shepherd’s pie. If it is still a struggle, try a bit of cheese on top & you often have a winner.
🍽 Think about colours to hide vegies too. Steamed & pureed cauliflower added to scrambled eggs, beetroot in chocolate cake, even butter beans smashed up in with mashed potato or chicken mince meatballs. Zucchinis are a great option in baked goods, such as muffins & cakes.
🍽 My last favourite tip is giving meals special names. I know my 7yo niece is pretty keen on her Arctic peas (frozen peas to everyone else) because they are Elsa’s favourite snack. A smoothie sounds fantastic when called Zombie drool or Witches snot! Even keeping it as simple as Sam’s Special Superpower Smoothie is great way to go. Sometimes it can just be about the marketing.
Source pic: Eating Well, Unicorn Smoothies
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