Kid-Friendly Fruits and Veggies
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Everyone needs to eat multiple servings of fruits and vegetables every day, kids included. Unfortunately, a lot of fresh produce isn’t on kids’ top favorite foods list. These tips and tricks not only list some veggies and fruits kids tend to prefer, but give you options for encouraging them to eat more of them.
Veggies With Dip
Just about any vegetable that can be served with dip like ranch or hummus is probably a favorite among most children. This might be a mix of cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, garden vegetables like cucumber, or even mini bell peppers with ranch dip. If you don’t want to serve ranch, which is sometimes high in fat or calories, you can serve it with hummus dip as a healthy substitute. There are many different types of hummus, so mixing it up each day makes the veggies even more enticing.
Broccoli and Cheese
A vegetable combination that many kids enjoy is broccoli and cheese. While it might seem like melted cheese would not be a good option for kids, it can actually be healthy, especially when it is a small amount of cheese compared to a big handful of broccoli. Broccoli is very nutritious, low in fat and carbs, and with almost zero calories. It is an excellent side dish to a healthy sandwich or a variety of finger foods. Put your cheese in a little container with a lid, add some broccoli, and that’s all that needs to be done.
Sneaking Veggies in Your Kids’ Lunches
If you have picky eaters, they probably have no interest in eating their vegetables, no matter what type of dip or cheese you have with it. This is when you need to be a little sneakier about it. One way is to put pasta in their lunch, and sneak veggies in the sauce. When you have small pieces of vegetables in pasta sauce, it is rarely noticed since it softens up when heating up your sauce. You can put a good amount of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and even carrots or celery into sauce without your kids noticing too much.
Fruit in Granola or Snack Mixes
There are some snack mixes that can be made more nutritious with fruit, which is a good way to get picky eaters to eat more fruit. For example, if your kids like granola or trail mix, you can easily mix in some dried fruit like dried apricots or cranberries. Putting in pieces of apple or banana chips is another good option.