Having a balanced diet is important for both mental and physical growth for kids. In order to allow them to do well in school, meals should have more fruits and vegetables.
Here are some tips on how you can creatively get your kids to eat their greens:
Turn Them into Ice Creams and Popsicles
Fruits make the best home made cold desserts. All you have to do is blend a fruit of your choice with some milk and cream. Don’t add any sugar. Just let the fruit’s natural sweetness flavor the ice cream.
Once you’ve blended everything together, its time to freeze them. You can use watermelons, blueberries, bananas and oranges. Lemons can be a bit too sour for kids so if you want to use them, make sure you incorporate milder fruits into the mixture.
Hide Your Veggies in a Pizza
Most kids just love pizza. It’s one of those things you just can’t hate. The next time you order a pizza or want to make one at home, make sure you have one that’s full of vegetables like mushrooms, green bell peppers and even broccoli. Use fresh home made tomato paste that’s rich in Vitamins, minerals and lycopenes that can boost your child’s immune system too.
There’s even a recipe out there for a pizza base made purely of minced cauliflower. This is one way you can get your kids to unknowingly get their fix of greens while being completely clueless.
Get Them Involved
Getting your kids involved in the kitchen has many benefits. You’re passing on valuable life lessons and teaching them survival skills. More importantly, your kids will take pride in their work and won;t pass at a chance to eat what they’ve helped to prepare.
If your kids are very young, start them with simple veggie recipes, like getting them to arrange fruits on a pancake. As they grow older you can assign them peeling and cutting duties too. Once they take pride in their work, they’re bound not to skip on that veggie or fruit dish.
Bake It Into A Cake
Bet you didn’t know that you can bake vegetables into a cake. Yes, it’s a real thing. In fact, there are plenty of vegan cake and muffin recipes out there that will help you make cakes out of carrots, zucchinis and beetroot without using too much sugar.
Apart from vegetables, fruits can also be made into cakes, and of course this is much more common. The next time you want to give your children a treat or to celebrate something, make sure there are fruits and/or vegetables in your cake.
Sneak Them into Minced Meats
The next time you make spaghetti and meatballs, or hamburgers, try and throw in some grated radish, carrot, Jicama, squash and the like into the minced meat mixture. These vegetables usually don’t have very strong tastes and can be sneaked in without alarming your children, who will be chowing down on them with gusto!
Make More Juices and Smoothies
Invest in a good juicer or blender and get cracking. Kids like sweet drinks like sodas, so instead of letting them have a can of cola, make some smoothies using fruits and vegetables instead. Just dump all those good, fibre-rich veggies and fruits into a blender, add some water and voila! A healthier alternative to cans of fizzy drinks.
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