If you are a parent, chances are you have heard this from your toddler at dinner time. It is literally a daily struggle. And it lasts for quite some time… I’m sure that many of you are thinking, “My kids are teenagers and they still don’t eat their vegetables.” So, as parents, we all know that getting proper nutrition into our kids is not easy.
I have tried nearly everything to get my toddler to eat his fruits and veggies—yes, he is even a picky eater when it comes to fruit—except for bananas—he loves those! But there comes a time when you get sick of having to devote so much time and energy into threatening to take away a favorite toy or TV show and just want your child to eat what you put on their plate without a fight.
So, at this point, there are a couple of options that you have—and both of these options include utilizing your ninja skills as a parent to skillfully hide the fruits and veggies so your child won’t even know that they are eating something healthy.
Yes, I am saying that you must deceive your children and trick them into eating their broccoli. There literally is no other way.
If you are creative with your cooking, you may be able to come up with some great ways to hide veggies in all sorts of meals, snacks, even desserts. If you need a few ideas, you can check out my recipes for:
For even more recipe ideas on how to hide those veggies in meals, snacks, and desserts, check out 100 Ways Kids Will Actually Eat Vegetables. To give you a little taste of what Paula has shared in her post at Beauty Through Imperfection, here are some of the “Dinners with Sneaky Vegetables” that you might want to try:
- Peruvian Pesto // Dinner with the Rollos
- Zucchini Noodles // Dinner with the Rollos
- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash // Beauty Through Imperfection
- Smokey Hidden Vegetable Penne // Baby.co
- Easy Stir Fry // Beauty Through Imperfection
- One Skillet Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Bell Peppers // Julia’s Album
- Stuffed Peppers // Beauty Through Imperfection
- Hidden Veggie Crockpot Sloppy Joes // Yummy Healthy Easy
- Cauliflower Pizza Bites // A healthy slice of life
- Spaghetti Squash // Peas and Crayons
- Chile Rellenos // Beauty Through Imperfection
- Beetroot Risotto // Strength and Sunshine
- Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers // Pumps & Iron
- Kale Pesto Pizza // Cookie and Kate
- Ranch Cream Cheese Veggie Pizza // High Heels and Grills
- Quinoa Chicken Nuggets // Simply Home Cooked
- Rainbow Veggie Fried Rice // The Garden Grazer
- Garden Veggie Burgers // Strength and Sunshine
- Veggie Beef Lasagna // Fit Mom Angela D
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust // Our Best Bites
- Secret Veggie Green Rice // My Fussy Eater
- Vegetable Ramen // The Woks of Life
- Pureed Vegetable Soup // A Lady In France
- One Pot Zucchini Pasta // Making Thyme For Health
- Grilled Veggie Quesadillas // Domesticate – me
- No-Fail Cauli-tatoes // Gnowfglins
- Spinach Artichoke Gilled Cheese // Half Baked Harvest
- Creamy Cauliflower Pasta Sauce // Pinch of Yum
- Chicken Broccoli Alfredo // Momables
- Veggie Meatloaf Cupcakes // First Look Then Cook
- Chicken Pot Pie // Mission to Save
- Spinach Club Sandwich // Your Modern Family
- Cheesy Spinach Quesadillas // Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Chunky Marinara Sauce // Veggie Inspired Journey
- Easy Broccoli Pesto // Momables
- Veggie Wraps // Momables
- Vegetable Fried Rice // Life Currents
- California Wraps // All You
- Vegetable Chicken Nuggets // Cooking For Busy Moms
But sometimes all the shrewd vegetable-hiding in the world won’t get your kids to eat a well-balanced diet. Sometimes your kids will still insist on eating only pizza, grilled cheese, and Fruit Loops. Yes, I know from experience that this is the case. My four-year-old literally will only eat pizza, grilled cheese, Fruit Loops, macaroni and cheese, and the occasional banana and yogurt. So clearly, he is not getting the fruits and vegetables in his diet that he needs. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from putting broccoli, green beans, carrots, apples, and strawberries on his plate—I’m hopeful that one day he will actually try them!—but until he becomes a less picky eater, I have figured out a great way to sneak fruits and vegetables into his diet—and he loves it!
What’s my secret? Juice Plus+ Chewables for kids.
Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables are different than the typical gummy vitamins for kids. First of all, these aren’t vitamins at all. They are whole food supplements. So what does that mean? Well, these gummy chewables are made from 20 dehydrated fruits and vegetables and formed using fruit pectin—not gelatin. And the sweeteners are all natual—tapioca syrup and organic cane syrup. It is also a plus that they contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. The Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables are also gluten free and 100% vegetarian.
Two of each of these chewables every day for my kids and I know that they are getting hundreds of vitamins and minerals from the all-natural source! While these are not meant to be a substitute for healthy eating, it sure can help bridge the gap for picky-eaters.
The Garden Chewables are made from dehydrated:
- oat bran
- rice bran
The Orchard Chewables are made from dehydrated:
- acerola cherry
Even though my two older children are good eaters and will eat their fruits and vegetables, they don’t get the spectrum of fruits and vegetables in their diets that they should. I mean, did your kids eat beets, prunes, kale, and broccoli today? I know mine didn’t. In fact, those aren’t things that I normally get in my own diet, so my husband and I take the capsules for adults…
Picky eater? Problem solved.
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