There are a hundred different excuses for not eating enough veggies. Maybe you’ve uttered a few of them yourself, but if you have kids you’ve surely heard them all. While we would never advocate lying to your family, sometimes creative parenting is necessary. To help you, we’ve put together a list of tricks for hiding more veggies in their diets. The best part is that these tips aren’t just for kids – you’ll love them too!
1. Mashed potatoes are loved by just about everyone, but they are loaded with carbs. Try mashing up cauliflower instead for similar taste and texture, but more vitamins and less carbs. Plus the kids will really love it if you add cheese on top!
2. Eggs are a breakfast staple and perfect for mixing with veggies. If you really want to hide something, try finely minced broccoli with scrambled eggs. It won’t change the texture and can add as much as a whole vegetable serving to your dish.
3. Smoothies are probably the easiest way to sneak in vegetables, and kids love them! They never have to know that you threw a few handfuls of spinach into the blender.
4. You really can’t go wrong with macaroni and cheese. Mix in some broccoli, peas, or even tomatoes to make every child’s favorite dish a whole lot healthier!
5. Tomato sauce is already a vegetable serving, but if you stir in diced up mushrooms, bell peppers, or onions, it’s even healthier. Once you have a good sauce, toss it with spaghetti or use it for homemade pizza.
6. Kids love fries right? Well who said that they had to be made out of potatoes? Zucchini, carrots and sweet potatoes are better options for great fries. Veggie fries are especially good for dipping, and let’s face it – kids think dipping sauce is pretty much the coolest thing ever.