Whenever I get to talking with friends and family about their dietary habits and food preferences, many of them end up mentioning at some point or another how difficult it can be for everyone in the family to get a healthy, nutritious meal just once in the day, let alone three times. For various reasons, many of us, children in particular, have a hard time getting excited about fresh veggies and fruits when processed foods and junk foods are easier, faster, and seemingly cheaper to prepare for a quick family dinner.
I know that when I was a child I wasn’t particularly interested in eating any sort of vegetable, and many of my friend’s parents were also quick to serve a frozen dinner in place of fresh whole foods. In reflection, I do think part of the trick to encouraging the whole family to eat healthy is to get the kids acquainted with the taste of vegetables and whole foods from a very young age so that they grow to like it and expect it. There is an article byCare 2 that expands on this idea by offering up some pretty clever suggestions and tips as to how you can disguise vegetables in a meal to appeal to a kid’s appetite.
Since the article sources a scientific study that proved the effectiveness of disguising or presenting vegetables in a new light in order to get kids to eat them, you know these suggestions are more than likely bound to work. One of the most popular ways to transform a vegetable into a kid favorite meal is by turning them into noodles. That’s right, you can try substituting pasta with veggies for a healthier meal.
Use a vegetable spiraler or a julienne peeler to create noodles out of vegetables; the most popular choice tends to be zucchini, to create “zoodles”. Throw the zoodles into a frying pan with olive oil and cheese, and you’ve got a delicious pasta alternative that your kids will love. For a more subtle transition, try adding cooked spinach to regular pasta noodles for a few meals.
If your child likes rice or other grains, you may be able to get them to eat cauliflower by blending it up in a food processor until it resembles pieces of grain. You can heat up the cauliflower in a pan with olive oil to add some flavor and healthy fats to the meal.
If all else fails, you can always turn to dessert. Make smoothies for your kids with their favorite fruits, such as pineapple and mango, Greek yogurt, and add some kale or spinach into the blender as well.
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