Even as adults, our minds are far less tempted by greens and leaves than we are plump puddings and cosy comfort foods. However, we also need those nutrient hits – a concern widespread among parents whose children stubbornly refuse to eat nothing but chips and nuggets. If you are a parent struggling to get your kids to expand their palate to encompass a balanced diet or are searching for hacks to up their fibre and vitamin intake on the down-low, read For Parents: How to Disguise Veggies for Your Kiddies’ Plates!
1. Pair Soya Mince (or conventional mince) & Veg
If you are cooking a family dinner along the lines of spaghetti bolognese or chilli, the texture of these meals makes it effortless to sneak in finely-chopped veggies which seamlessly blend in with soya mince. Carrots, celery, broccoli, and mushrooms are all vegetables easily popped into these dishes without sacrificing flavour!
2. Pasta with a Punch
Getting creative with mac and cheese or a pasta bake is a brilliant way to transform a nutrient-void meal into a vitamin surfeit containing all kinds of green superfoods. Simply blend broccoli or cauliflower into your sauces or try some vegan cheese recipes which call for potato, carrot, and an onion base.
3. Bake at Home
A great method for getting nutrients and fibre into desserts is to bake at home. Avocado, beetroot and sweet potato brownies are taking the world by storm right now by mimicking the treats you can pick up in boutique shops, equal or better in quality and much healthier!
One of my favourite ways to encourage children to get their vitamins in naturally is with green smoothies. Most recipes can be bulked up with spinach or kale leaves bolstering them with vitamins A, K, iron, and magnesium all of which contribute to heart health and strong bones. Top them up with fruits and you can not only assemble all the vitamins in the spectrum, but they also taste divine and leave your children wanting more. And why not?
Like smoothies, soups are an ambrosial dinner alternative for kids who aren’t big fans (yet!) of eating whole vegetables. Flooded with vitamins, soups are so versatile and straightforward to make and you can switch up the recipes regularly to suit your evolving child’s taste preferences. Pair it with some freshly-baked, crusty bread and you have a dream duo that they will not be turning down.