We all need a sneaky ways to get our toddler to eat more greens.
I’m pretty sure I have one of the most pickiest toddler ever when it comes to mealtime. Before having children, I vowed that I would never give my kids anything remotely unhealthy. Little did I know that sometimes, that’s easier said than done.
When your child absolutely refuses to eat anything but bread and cheese some days, and you feel like you’re going to lose it, you sometimes give in and let them eat what they want..even if that means crackers and air. I have found that I need to be more creative with his food if I ever want him to eat remotely remotely healthy.
I recently took him to his pediatrician for his 2-year well visit check up. I expressed to the doctor that my Son was extremely picky and absolutely refused to eat his vegetables, and well, really anything on some days–and that included drinking cows milk. He gave me some great advice about ways to be creative at mealtime so I thought I’d share them with Mom’s going through a similar dilemma with their little ones!
Here are some sneaky techniques I learned:
- Sauces: Puree raw or lightly steamed veggies and mix with sauces such as pasta sauce or pizza sauce. I have found that it can be virtually undetectable especially if you are adding cheese!
- Smoothies: This one is my favorite because It’s so easy and the kids love it. My son has never been a fan of cows milk but to get him to drink more of it, I began adding it to his smoothies mixing it with spinach, berries, and bananas. Occasionally, I’ll even add a squeeze of honey to sweeten the deal :).
- Yogurt: Hide whole veggies such as peas in their favorite yogurt. Or, grind up nuts as well if you’re worried about their protein intake. I have found that my son will eat just about anything if It’s in his yogurt.
- Sandwiches: Hide veggies in close faced sandwiches and or quesadillas. A few examples would be broccoli, winter and summer squash, bell peppers, and peas. Out of sight, out of mind!
- Popsicles: Make Popsicle from fresh pressed juices. My favorite is a combination of spinach, apples, and carrots. You can get creative with this one even adding whole pieces of fruit as well. This one is perfect for the hot summer months as the cold treat will be very refreshing to your little one.
- Prepackaged superfoods: This one is perfect for Mom’s on the go or Mom’s who just don’t have the time to do any of the above every single day (such as myself). These can come in the form of purees and or healthy snacks. Try to choose a reputable brand that uses 100% plant based nutrients such as these Sprout toddler and baby purees.
Sprout is leading the plant-powered movement in the baby and toddler category and their products contain no preservatives, added colors, flavors thickeners, or anything artificial!! I’m all about that natural, baby!
My son has been obsessed with the white cheddar organic curlz which are made from organic chickpeas and lentils. They’re glutenfree, non-GMO, and offer a perfect curly, crunchy texture for toddlers whether they are just learning to self-feed or pros at it.
What I liked about the curlz is that they are preserved naturally using organic rosemary to maintain freshness and contain no added or artificial flavors, colors preservatives, concentrates, or sugars. Talk about a SNEAKY way to feed your toddler superfoods!
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