Helping Your Kiddos Get More Veg In Their Meals
Hey, did your kids eat enough fruits and veg today? Be honest. Think about it for a sec. Did they really get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables today? *Minimum* of five servings is what our kids need every day, and most of them don’t get it.
Here’s what that might look like for a 4-8 yr old:
1/2 cup roasted Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup sugar snap peas
6 baby carrots
2-3 Year Olds need 1 cup fruit, 1 cup veg.
9-13 Year Olds need 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veg.
14-18 Year Olds require 1.5-2 cups fruit, and 3 cups of veg.
It can be really hard to get a child to eat all of that. And especially to eat a good variety!
One of my Mommy-Tricks has been hiding veggies in food since my kids were itty bitty. As soon as they were picking soft foods up and feeding themselves, I was blending spinach into eggs and making little mini egg pancakes, they’d pick up and eat like a cookie. I felt good knowing they were getting vegetables for breakfast, and it conditioned them to eating green foods, that normally wouldn’t be green! lol
As they’ve grown, I’ve found many ways to hide vegetables into their meals. This helps them get a variety of things they wouldn’t normally be willing to try. I put a few of my recipes together in a free downloadable book you can get HERE.
In the photo below, my youngest is eating what we call “beef stroganoff” but it’s actually carrots, collard greens, spinach, extra onions and what ever else was hiding in my fridge that needed to be eaten up. There’s beef and noodles too, but there’s more veg in there than meat! He’s been devouring this dish since he was 2 years old! This is one of the recipes in the book.
For me, I like having the peace of mind that I’m serving my kids a variety of veg, and I don’t have to think about side dishes and what types of vegetables they’re willing to eat. It’s a little more work to make these dishes, but not much, and we make plenty for leftovers, so in the long run it’s much easier to get a rainbow of veg into my kids.
My book is filled with recipes from breakfast to dessert (yup, with veg!) and contains foods that kids love. Like…
My boys beg for this on a regular basis!