The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

Broccoli?!  Yuck!!

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:


Sweet potato banana cookies | Money Savvy Living

Sweet Potato & Banana Cookies

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

Very Berry Yogurt Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie5 Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies


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:


The One Sure Way to Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living


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.


The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living


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:

  • carrot
  • parsley
  • beet
  • garlic
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • kale
  • oat bran
  • rice bran

The Orchard Chewables are made from dehydrated:

  • apple
  • peach
  • cranberry
  • orange
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • date
  • acerola cherry
  • beet
  • prune


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.


The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living



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Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Sweet potato banana cookies | Money Savvy Living

Sometimes you just crave something sweet.  But your inner, healthy self knows just how bad sugar is for you… so what can you do to satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar? Make some sweet potato and banana cookies.

Okay.  I know that sweet potato and cookie are not typically used in the same sentence, but if sweet potato pie can be a classic dessert, then so can sweet potato cookies.

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  (Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.)

sweet potato trio

Pumpkin & Oat Healthy Cookies

½ cup butter
1 medium egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ tsp. baking soda
½ cup quick oats
½ cup all purpose gluten free baking mix**
1 banana, mashed
2 Tbsp. raw chia seeds
3 Tbsp raw honey, melted

**or for an extra protein boost, use ½ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy, add egg and beat until combined. Add in pumpkin puree, baking soda, quick oats, gluten free baking mix, banana, chia seeds, and melted honey. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Use cookie scoop to place dough on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until light golden brown.

*to order Vanilla Juice Plus Complete for a nutritional boost to this recipe, click here.


These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat sweet potatoes and chia seeds.  The best part is, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating cookies now.