How many times can a kid eat chicken nuggets before they get tired of them?
Seriously, I want to know! When I plan our menu for the week I am always looking for different dinner options for the kids. Very seldom do they eat the same thing as me and my husband. And, very seldom do they want the vegetable I prepare for them. Giving them chicken nuggets and fries every day would probably have me on some bad mothers list somewhere. I had to figure out a way for my kids to get vegetables in their diet. Let’s be clear, we still have chicken nuggets and fries some nights. Life is all about balance. Here are the ways I get them to eat veggies.
1. Pureed Carrots
Pureed carrots go in everything! The color makes it perfect to mix in any tomato-based sauce! If your kids are anything like mine, they can eat spaghetti and pizza every day. Carrots take some time to get soft enough to puree into the perfect mixing texture. My recommendation is to cut them up and start boiling them well before you start to actually prepare the meal. Another tip: Don’t let your kids see you puree the carrots. If their spidey senses detect that there are any vegetables in their meal the mission is over! You have failed! Just knowing the meal has a healthy component makes it nasty to them. If they don’t know, they will not be able to tell the difference and will tear it up! I don’t really make homemade pizzas but this is perfect for it! Some of my fav meals to add pureed carrots to are:
Pasta and sauce
Baked beans (yes, I said it. And it works!)
2. Applesauce with vegetables
My kids absolutely LOVE those applesauce packets you squeeze in your mouth. I was against them at first because I read somewhere that they can cause cavities. Letting a new mom read is dangerous! So, I vowed that my kids would eat applesauce the old-fashioned way…with a spoon! Then, they got me. They mixed vegetables in with the applesauce. (I make sure they brush their teeth!) I’ve even bought a more mature version from Sam’s Club one time. There was turmeric, chia seeds and all type of healthiness in that little packet. I handed them the applesauce with confidence on my face and fear in my bones.
They ate it!
The perfect thing about omelets is that you can hide the veggies in the middle and they won’t have the slightest idea it’s there. I typically put spinach in the boys omelets and cut them up myself before I give it to them. It does the trick. The can’t see nor taste it. Winning!
4. Frozen veggie pastas
If you’ve checked out my Facebook page you’ve seen how much my boys LOVE the BirdsEye Steam Fresh veggie pastas. They come in a variety of flavors and they will not disappoint! My boys favorite is the marinara pasta which is made with zuchinni and lentils. They had no clue! They ate it all! I felt bad when they asked for more and there was none left. (Rian literally cried!). I still went the healthy route and gave them fruit to fill them up. But, I learned my lesson and bought 2 packs of pasta the next time!
This one may seem like it doesn’t belong with the others. There’s no hiding veggies in a salad. They are on full display! It’s what you add to the salad that makes the difference. My two must haves? Salad dressing and croutons. Especially if it’s sweet, a good dressing will make a salad more enticing. I usually get a fat free dressing, so it makes it even better. The other good thing about a salad is that it goes with any meal. Even chicken nuggets and fries!
I hope this helps all you moms with picky kids like me! If you have any tips on how you get your kids to eat healthier PLEASE share! I can use all the help I can get!