For some reason, it just seems like it is a very difficult task to get your kids to eat their daily recommended amount of veggies. Even when presented nicely and with enthusiasm, the peas, spinach, broccoli, and green beans always seem to be the last items left over on your kid’s plate. Unfortunately, this lack of nutrition from veggies, if not properly supplemented through other means, can actually have an effect on your child’s hormonal development. Certain nutrients are linked to the development of healthy bones, hormone balance, and attention span. So, what happens when your children outright refuse to eat anything green? Well, there are some easy ways to hide veggies into otherwise nutrient poor foods.
One example of this is when you make hamburgers for your family. Using ground beef or turkey or any other meat of your choosing, it is easy to add some kale, spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms to the meat mixture. You can fold finely chopped veggies into the burger patties and your children will have absolutely no idea that they are eating a burger stuffed with veggies.
Another example is with baked goods. Do your children love baked goods? You can easily made some chocolate chip zucchini bread that your children will love- as long as you don’t actually mention the word zucchini to them. A Lot of their protesting comes less from their actual hatred of the taste of vegetables and more of a mental block prohibiting them from enjoying things that they know are not chicken nuggets or mac and cheese.
Lastly, you can also very easy hide veggies like spinach in different smoothies. A simple smoothie with a ½ cup of spinach, almond milk, blueberries, a banana, a tablespoon of nut butter, a squeeze of honey, and strawberries will appear and taste like a perfectly normal and delicious fruit smoothie. Your kids will never even know about the nutrition value added by the secret spinach.