If you are the parent of a picky eater you know how difficult it can be to get them to eat, let alone get them to eat foods that are good for them. With a child that will only eat peas as a vegetable I find it difficult to create vegetable variety for the remaining members of our family!
Whether you are trying to get your picky eater to eat vegetables or crafting ways to get more vegetables into your diet here are a few fun and tasty ways to eat and enjoy your veggies.
With the smoothie rage this is a great way to get your children to get their share of kale or spinach. Spinach offers great color with a very mild flavor. Add in some fruit if you like. Kale's texture is a little more powerful so be sure to blend well if you hope to fool your child into drinking their veggies. This option is also great for breakfast on the go, throw in a few oats and blend.
While the majority of gummy treats are loaded with sugar you don't have to deny your children these fun treats. Make them from scratch with veggies. It is quite possible that your child9ren) will be so happy to get gummy snacks that they won't pay attention to the fact that they are eating veggies. This awesome recipe from Modern Parent Messy Kids is a great place to start.
Make fun animals and insects out of those dreaded veggies. Bumps on a log celery sticks topped with peanut butter and raisins is a great one. Vegetable flowers are another fun and quick option. Use a cookie cutter and a little imagination to make food healthy and fun.
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Most children love to help in the kitchen and this is a great way to get them involved for a fun Summer dinner activity. Create a fun veggie pizza with crescent rolls and a variety of vegetables.
Muffins look close enough to cupcakes and if your children are fans of cupcakes you may be able to fool them with veggie muffins. While these do require sugar, you can substitute with apple sauce or other forms of sugar if you like. Super Healthy Kids has a great recipe to try.
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