Fun Ways to Hide Veggies
Healthy “Party” Sausage Rolls
Holiday time is party time but that doesn’t have to mean heavily processed foods packed with saturated fats and hidden sugars.
These healthy sausage rolls from My Fussy Eater contain carrots and zucchini and look delicious!
Colourful Kid Friendly Smoothies
Packed full of fruits and vegetables, smoothies are an easy way to sneak nutrition into even the fussiest eaters diet. Using ingredients like honey, bananas or coconut milk make the below smoothies deliciously sweet and deceivingly healthy while hiding ingredients like spinach that make this treat a fun colour.
Who doesn’t love eating with their hands?
These healthy nachos from The Healthy Mummy are fresh, fun and packed full of goodness.
If the mere sight of beans and veggies causes a stir, simply blend or finely chop the veggies and mix into a small portion of cooked mince.
Other Tips and Tricks
Make it fun
When trying new foods, offer them something to put on the top like their favourite sauce or dip. This will help them to feel like they are choosing what they are eating. Offering a different utensil like an oversized spoon, tongs or chopsticks can also make mealtime fun. The novelty can often overshadow the reluctance of trying new food.
Stick with small portions
Not only will you waste less food, but smaller portions help children to feel like the meal in front of them is manageable. Offering too much can feel overwhelming. Just think of going to your nana’s house and being told you can’t watch TV until you eat all the brussel sprouts. The dread would set in while you sat there pushing them around the plate for hours. 1 brussel sprout is much less daunting than 8.
Vegetables Make You Strong
Good ol’ Popeye encouraged scores of kids to eat up their spinach. Not because it was healthy, but because it would make them strong.
By explaining the benefits of certain vegetables, not only are you teaching them how food fuels the body, but you’re helping them learn how to be faster, stronger, smarter, jump higher… whatever hobby they enjoy is fuelled by healthy food. Without it, how will they have the energy to play soccer at the beach or the strength to swing on the monkey bars?
Give Yourself a Break
Meal times can be chaos, especially when introducing new foods. Try to relax. The fact is, some days are harder than others, but you are out here looking for solutions, so our hat is off to you.
On the hunt for quick and easy dinners? You might want to check out Three Delicious 10 Minute Meals.