Yummy ways to sneak in some fruits and veggies!

My son is super picky when it comes to food. I have always had a hard time trying to get him to eat his fruit and veggies. Because of this, I have had to be creative and figure out ways that I can “sneak” him some. Here are some of my favorites…

  • Fruit and Veggie “Ice Cream”- We like to make smoothies at our house. I buy the bags of frozen fruit and veggies at Trader Joe’s. We toss in a mix of frozen fruit and some broccoli, spinach and carrots and I like to use Silk Almond Vanilla for some calcium and blend it all up. I tell my son that it is ice cream and he gobbles it right down!
  • Fruit and Veggie Popsicles- Follow the same steps for the ice cream but put the mixture in popsicle forms and freeze for a cold, tasty treat!
  • Veggie Marinara Sauce- Put fresh or whole canned tomatoes in a blender with some onions, garlic, and the veggies of your choice and blend it up for a healthy marinara sauce for pizza, spaghetti, etc.
  • Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”- Place cauliflower (large head cut into florets) in a medium shallow pot or pan. Add 3 cups chicken stock, cover and place pot over high heat. When liquid boils, reduce heat to simmer and cook covered 10 minutes. Remove cover, raise heat to medium high and allow the broth to reduce by half, 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces and 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese of choice and smash the cauliflower with a masher to the same consistency as desired for mashed potatoes. Season the cauliflower with black pepper and a pinch of salt. Yummy side for many meals! To make it even more fun, try using the purple heads of cauliflower.
  • DIY Fruit Leather- Preheat oven to 200 degrees fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Puree 4 cups of berries and 2 tbsp honey and evenly spread mixture out on pan. Bake for 3 to 4 hours or until it feels dry and not sticky. Cool on a wire rack in pan and then cut into strips. Store for up to 1 week. (Parent’s Magazine)

If you have any other sneaky recipes or ideas, share them with us!

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