Some people love vegetables, while others despise them. Is your favorite vegetable French Fries?!? I actually heard that once upon a time.
It can be an uphill battle to get children to consume enough vegetables, even if you make a work of art out of a plate of vegetables (think animal faces, smiley faces, etc.) or douse them in cheese sauce or ranch dip.
The challenge can be a difficult one, so I wanted to offer up 3 simple ways you can incorporate more vegetables into your day.
1. Incorporate veggies into your breakfast
You can do this is a couple different ways. First, smoothies can be a quick option and a great place to add in green vegetables like spinach and kale. Of course you can add some fruit as well, but let the vegetables be the star. Lower sugar fruit choices such as berries are an excellent choice. A second option for slipping some veggies into your breakfast is to throw them into an omelet or egg scramble. Choose whatever you like: spinach, peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, and avocado work well.
2. Add veggies where least expected
You shouldn’t have to hide all of the vegetables that you intend for your kids to eat, but putting some in foods where they will never be detected is by no means a bad thing. Boosting the nutritional value of muffins and other baked goods by having some vegetables in the ingredients list is fantastic! (sweet potato, zucchini, carrot, avocado)
3. Eat your veggies before the main course
Prepare a salad and have that prior to your meal or much on something like carrots or cucumber beforehand, or even while you are preparing the main dish. Make this a habit and you may even find that your kids start asking for the veggie appetizer!
You may not reach your vegetable intake goal everyday, but by keeping in mind how and where you can add more into your daily routine can get you closer. Try one or all of the above tips and let me know how it goes!