Let’s be honest. Vegetables are an acquired taste for most of us. Hubz only started eating fresh veggies since we’ve been married- and i had to sneak them into his plate too! Of course he thinks he’s a world class chef now – but I know where he learned his tricks. I’ll let him think it was all his idea. We’re on a cleanse now as a matter of fact – his idea, not mine.
I know grown ups who NEVER eat vegetables so it’s no suprise that children have a hard time with it. I know for me, as a kid, I hated the texture of certain foods against my teeth. And okra- Lord have mercy! I STILL gag when I even smell okra!
I must admit, I am a “sit until you eat all your food” parent – even though I despised my mom for doing the same when I was a kid. I see the point in her argument now that I foot the grocery bill! Kids can waste a hell of a lot of food being picky. Not only that, they miss out on key nutrients trying to stick to a diet of french fries and potato chips.
Unlike my mom though, I’ve learned to be creative. Taking the pain out of healthy eating is easy when you learn to sneak nutritious vegetables into lots of “common” foods – or make vegetables look like cool things they like.
I even found a great recipe guide for baby finger foods! This will be a great resource when our newest addition is ready because it already seems like he’s going to be a picky little somebody!
Here’s a few recipes that I use. I’ve even swayed some grown ups with these. I hope your loves enjoy them even more than the “real thing”.
3 Healthy Sneak Treats for Picky Eaters
• Yucca Root Fries
You really don’t need a recipe for this one because it’s super simple. Yucca is something that it seems is always in season.
Very much like a potato in texture and flavor, these can be peeled and lightly fried in olive oil (medium heat). They crisp up VERY quickly so a few seconds is all you need. I use a shallow skillet to fry and sprinkle with sea salt or himalayan pink salt.
• Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Another simple yet delicious one. My kids literally think I’m giving them chocolate pudding! Silly rabbits! I’d NEVER do that! And they won’t know my secret until they’re trying to hide the good stuff from their own kids!
All you do is cut open a few very ripe avocados. 2-3 should do. Blend with 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and a sweetner of your choice. If you like a lighter pudding add a Tbsp of almond milk.
• Cauliflower Nuggets
These are so good! The can be dipped in all kinds of sauces and stand alone well too. Wash and chop a cauliflower into bite sized florets. Make a batter of 1 cup flour, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, 1/2-3/4 cup milk plus seasonings. Coat florets and skillet fry in olive or avocado oil until crisp and golden. Drain and let cool. Enjoy!
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