Sometimes getting our kids to eat their vegetables is as challenging as getting a tax cut bill passed on Capitol Hill. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are 5 tricks to sneak vegetables into your kids’ diet.
· On pasta night, slip your child’s favorite vegetable into the boiling water a few minutes before the pasta is cooked. Add in the sauce and fewer turned-up noses will occur.
· Another covert move—add finely shredded zucchini or summer squash to casseroles. Not only will the zucchini and squash’s mild flavors blend in almost seamlessly, you’ll also add in important vitamins and minerals.
· Sloppy Joe night is another opportunity to slip in a veggie or two. When preparing sloppy joes or any meat-based spaghetti sauce, replace some of the ground beef with some finely chopped mushrooms. Mushrooms are similar in texture to ground beef, and they absorb the rich flavors of the sauce.
· Transform lycopene-rich tomato sauce to an even healthier and creamier sauce by stirring in canned unseasoned pumpkin puree. You’ll add fiber and beta carotene, as well as a mild flavor and creamy texture.
· Cheese Sauce. There’s nothing wrong with cheese sauce it gets your children to eat their veggies. Consider a healthy cheese sauce that doesn’t use lots of butter and cream, but low-fat milk and full-flavored sharp Cheddar instead.