My son is a picky eater. Then again what toddler isn’t right? Dinner time can be so painful at our house I will admit to putting his high chair in front of the TV just to avoid the confrontation. Of course I still worry that he isn’t getting enough veggies and the right nutrients for his growing body. Since necessity is the mother of invention I have started being sneaky in how I get him to eat his veggies. Here’s my go-to list of working more veggies into your toddlers’ diet.
Mac and Cheese – this is a staple in our home. I sub out V8 for milk. It turns the pasta to a pink or red color depending on how much you add but it doesn’t change the taste too much and if you start early they will never know it could be different!
Popsicles – Summertime calls for popsicles. I purchased a mold and use pureed fresh fruit or V8 Fusion. He thinks he’s getting a treat and I don’t feel guilty giving him one!
Pizza – my son loves pizza and I can usually get away with putting toppings he would never normally eat on their own into pizza and he will down them without question. A great trick is to put the toppings on right after the sauce and then top with cheese. Out of sight out of mind, right?
Quesadilla – this is another great food to hide items such as black beans or shredded zucchini. I try to have a freezer bag of some pre-cooked shredded veggies on hand for instances such as this.
Spaghetti – speaking of frozen veggies I love to use pureed spinach and/or sweet potato in pasta sauce. The kids have no clue it’s there and the sweet potato gives your sauce a touch of sweetness!
Oatmeal – granted oatmeal is pretty healthy on its own but I like to add applesauce to give it some sweetness and keep him regular.
Rice – my son eats a lot of rice but refuses to eat meat. Since I still like to ensure he gets some protein I will scramble up an egg and mince it into his rice. He can still see it but it doesn’t seem to bother him terribly. If your toddler is really picky consider just using the egg white, it will blend right into the white rice.
Get him cooking with you! – some of the best advice I ever received was to get your kid to help in the kitchen. My son loves to have a “job” and if I can get him involved in snapping green beans he is much more excited to eat ‘his’ creation.
What other sneaky ways do you use to get your kids to eat healthy?