I often hear "My kids wouldn't eat that. How do you get your kids to?" Truth is, they never used to. But when you're dealing with chronic gut issues like we have, you resort to anything to improve their diet, right?
Here are some tips and tricks that have worked for us to get more vegetables and goodness into my boys.
1. Smoothie it!
Add veggies to smoothies - a little banana and cacao disguises anything! Google 'green smoothie' for loads of recipe ideas!
2. Pattie it!
What kid doesn't love finger food? Look for ways to add veges to tuna, chicken or veggie patties. Zucchini, pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot are our favourites.
3. Dip it!
Everything tastes better with some dip on the side - my boys love a platter with vege sticks and dip, as well as a mix of other things like seed crackers, fruit, ham, nuts and so on.
Look for little swaps they won't notice. Rather than 2 pieces of toast for breakfast, why not try one piece of toast with avocado, egg and tomato? Ok, so maybe they'll notice but it's worth a try as it adds more variety as well as brain food!
5. Soup it up!
Soups are a great way to disguise anything. Same goes for bolognese. Blend in the veges and they'll be none the wiser.
There's nothing wrong with gimmicks. Try vege faces and shapes, 'ants on a log', or giving things silly names like snake zoodles (zucchini pasta).
7. Disguise it!
And lastly, one of my favourite hassle free hacks to get more veges into the kids - and perfect for fussy little ones! Vital Veggie Power is a concentrated, superfood made of whole organic veggies, super fruits and nourishing greens. Easy to conceal by sprinkling onto virtually anything - popcorn, roast chicken, bolognese, a sandwich or in smoothies. Tastes great so the kids won't even know they’re eating their veggies cleverly hiding in this orangey powder. We call them 'Super Sprinkles'!
What are your favourite tips and tricks to get more veg into your little ones? Would any of these tips work for your kids?