Since my son (and most kids for that matter) are in the firmly anti vegetable camp, I am always looking for different ways to get extra veggies in their diet. Also it is not as through I can’t stand to have some added veggies as well. Lets be real here. Even adults who know better often choose the meat and potato’s option instead of the kale salad.
Sure we all know if is better to eat greens in their true form with all its fibrous, nutritious goodness but being that the flavor of most vegetables are to strong for little taste buds. Children tend to fight to remain veggie free. Likewise, our kids are inundated with sugar, in cereals, yogurts and granola bars. This gives them an affinity towards the sweet which is difficult to combat with a carrot and dip. So here is a round up of inventive, creative and almost hidden ways to get in some extra veggies.
Change the shape of Vegetables
One way to make veggies more kids friendly is to make tem into veggie “fries.” Here are a few yummy versions from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry.com and Gluten Free with Southern Charm.com
Make them into a Veggie Spaghetti
Spiralizers have given a whole new shape, function and name to vegetables. Zoodles, Boodles and all kinds of veggie “noodles” have reinvented an new version of low carb pasta. You can also skip the machine and go staring to the spaghetti squash.
Spiralized Sweet potato Enchilada Skillet from Sweetpeasandsaffron.com
Spicy Thai Chicken and Veggie Noodles from Jocooks.com
Baking with Veggies
Ok… I know it sounds weird but this is where I have had the most success with upping my kids intake of veggies.
Zucchini Cinnamon Rolls from CrazyforCrust.com
Jessica Seinfeld Spinach Brownies posted by Kiwiwife on Food.com
(No affiliation only that I have brought her book and have had several successes with her recipes. However I like the tweeks suggested in the food.com version as well)