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Smart Ways to Sneak Vegetables in Your Child's Food


Most of the children hate eating vegetables. Sneaking vegetables in the foods that they like is one of the best ways to make them eat vegetables. Take a quick look at the smart ways to include vegetables in your child’s food.


Every mom wants to feed her child the healthiest and most nutritious foods. Making your child eat fruits and vegetables can be a Herculean task, as they are fussy eaters. Children love their junk food, but mothers have to make sure that they have healthy meals. It is not impossible to set a healthy diet for your children, but it does require consistency, persuasion and support from the other family members as well. Children generally refuse to eat their vegetables in their normal way, which is why moms need to get creative to make dinner hassle free for their kids.


1. Juices and Smoothies

Although, smoothies are generally associated with fruits, a vegetable smoothie works just as beautifully. If you feel that a vegetable smoothie is too heavy on your child’s stomach, you can blend fruits and vegetables together to create a nutritious smoothie.

Look out for vegetables that are naturally sweet such as carrots, beetroot, ginger etc. Mix and match with options such as spinach, berries, green mangoes, kiwi, pineapple along with other fruits and veggies to give your child that healthy dose of nutrition. Classic options include the green smoothie, the avocado and veggie smoothie and the carrot smoothie.


2. Tasty Sauces

Making sauce can give you the opportunity to whip up your child’s least favourite vegetables without a doubt. Substitute some of the non-vegetarian ingredients in your sauce with mushrooms and other vegetables. Chop up your vegetables into unrecognisable pieces and add them to sauces just at the end of cooking to enhance their health quotient and taste. Other options for this may include cauliflower, onions, spinach and carrots which would not change the flavour of the sauce but add tons of health.

Whizz up all your veggies in a blender into a smooth sauce so that your child cannot pick out the pieces she does not like. Alternatively, make a dip with your child’s favourite or not-so favourite veggies into a healthy dip to enjoy with garlic croutons at snack time. Begin with hummus, salsa and yoghurt based dressings.


3. Baked and Roasted Dishes

Vegetables can be added to almost anything such as lasagne or muffins, something which children love. Add minced vegetables to your nutritious recipes such as zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, brinjals and mushrooms and substitute sugar with honey for making it a healthier option. The process of baking softens the veggies inside, which makes the dish easier to eat and helps them to blend in with the sauces. If your child does not like the texture of vegetables or is unusually fussy, you can always smooth the lumps.


4. Shredded Veggies

Children love pizzas, burgers and anything which is not healthy for them. Therefore, add shredded veggies to almost anything starting from omelettes, pizzas, scrambled eggs and noodles. You can also make veggie porridge by cooking plain oats with water and then adding your choice of vegetables. Top-up the oats with an egg on top with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and some grated cheese for extra taste.


5. Desserts can Include Veggies Too

Who said veggies cannot be made into something sweet and delicious? Add some spinach or pumpkin puree to your pancake or waffle batter to make a colourful and healthy snack for your kids. You can also find various recipes online for making chocolate brownies with spinach, carrot cupcakes, beetroot fudge cakes, chocolate brownies with black beans and even sweet potato cookies. You can even use vegetables in favourite drinks such as lassi or soy milk for a change. In short, add your veggies into almost anything to ensure your child’s health without a fuss.

Moms have to get creative to satiate their fussy eaters and provide for them at the same time. With a little knowledge of their child’s favourites and possible ways to feed them healthy, children will start loving veggies very soon and will start eating them by choice one day.


Why do children hate eating vegetables? Which vegetables should be included in the diet of children? How to include vegetables in the diet of children? Discuss here.

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Ishika.8 months ago
Paneer or cottage cheese or cheese can be added to the vegetables to enhance their taste.
 
 
 
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Naina.8 months ago
Good spices and masalas should be added to the vegetables to make them tastier. Children like tasty food and masalas and spices help to enhance their taste.
 
 
 
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Abhishek.8 months ago
Vegetable parathas with ketchup or chutney is a great way to include vegetables in the diet of children.
 
 
 
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