For most parents, getting their child to eat veggies is not an easy task. The World Health Organization suggests a minimum of 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day for a healthy lifestyle. As we’ve mentioned above, children seem to dread their greens, so getting them to eat even a spoonful of peas can be a struggle. So, to make the task easier, we have gathered some tips to make veggies more fun for the little ones…
Have You Heard of Zoodles?
‘Zoodles‘ is a new term used to describe noodles made from Zucchini. We won’t lie, zucchini isn’t that appealing even to an adult, let alone a child. So, how to transform it into a delicious meal? Quite simply, shred the vegetable into a spaghetti-like form. You can cook it like traditional spaghetti by boiling or pan-frying, put it in the oven or blanch it. After cooking, add your favorite sauce and some cheese on top to make it even more delicious.
Zoodles are delicious and versatile as you can add any sauces, spices, meats, and even cheese while it remains highly nutritional.
More Veggie Soup.
Soups can be fun as they usually contain many different textures and flavors that kids get to explore. To get your kiddos to adopt veggie soups, starting by listing their favorite vegetables, then pick and choose which one can mix, add your chicken broth and macaroni and you are good to go. Soup is the best option when your kid catches a cold, as it is considered comfort food. Along with that, soup always contains a good amount of water, making it ideal for keeping your child hydrated.
Tips: Start with tastier vegetables such as carrots and potatoes.
In the Patty.
Nothing beats a good homemade hamburger; while every kid is crazy about hamburgers, they often refuse to eat veggies on the side. Mixing these directly into the meat will make the meal enjoyable for the kids and less of a chore for you.
Slipping broccoli into the mac and cheese will trick your children into eating it without making a fuss at barbecue parties. Sneaking some veggies in their favorite food will allow them to achieve their daily intake while enjoying the meal.
Tips: Do not make their presence too apparent by cutting the vegetable into small pieces or even blending it in.
Vegetables like carrots are invading the dessert menu from cakes and muffins to yogurts and cookies. While carrot remains the best option, it is not the only vegetable that can be turned into a delicious sweet treat-beet, zucchini, pumpkin and sweet potato are a great combo too, as they are naturally sweet.
Hop on the new trend and add veggies to your homemade cakes; even though it will not be highly nutritional, it will be a healthier option. Just add a little frosting, and your kids will love it.
Making your pizza crust out of cauliflower will not make it healthier, but it will be gluten-free and low in carbs. Blend some cauliflower, eggs, cheese, and spices of your choice. Flatten it as you would do for a traditional dough before putting it in the oven for a minimum of 15 minutes and add any of their favorite toppings.
While you cannot go wrong with potato fries, potatoes remain a vegetable that is high in carbs and not very nutritious. Some healthier and equally tasty alternatives to consider include beet, carrot, eggplant, and sweet potatoes. Fry them into some olive oil, and add salt and pepper to taste.
Tips: To avoid bland fries, you can add Parmesan, rosemary or other herbs that your kids may like.
Do not wait and try these ways to make your kid’s meal nutritious. The ultimate solution is to be creative, use colorful vegetables and vary the cooking techniques. Mealtime will turn into a happy time.