Getting Your Fussy Eater to Eat Veggies

It can be next to impossible to get your kids to eat their greens but we’ve rounded up some solutions that just may work for you! Hi, my name is Cassandra Michelin; and I have made big changes to my life, to pursue my passion for all things to do with health. Here’s today’s blog on GETTING YOUR FUSSY EATER TO EAT VEGGIES.  

Go For Green

We know that greens are good! Leafy greens should be a main part in our everyday diet. Ideally we should be having at least 2 large bowls of raw salad a day. Greens are high is chlorophyll, carotenoids, calcium and other minerals and vitamins, as well as essential fatty acids and no cholesterol. The veggies with the darkest colour have the most good stuff, the highest nutrient content!

Our diets should consist of a large amount of raw leafy greens! Yes I said it, RAW! Why raw? Because when you cook anything it kills a lot of the major nutrients.

So how do we get our babies to eat raw greens? Yes, I know it’s hard enough to get anything into a fussy toddler let alone leafy greens. The texture can be hard for them to chew, especially when they have a limited amount of teeth. So instead of sitting around the dinner table fighting your children to eat their greens why not introduce try these tips:

Green Smoothie Mixtures

Rather than forcing them to eat their greens, why not blend them? One of the best things about adding some greens into your smoothie is the colour it turns. Let your children invent their own creations by allowing them to choose what they want to put in it but just make sure you have a big handful of greens in there to make it a spooky bright green colour!

If you haven’t tried one before you may think I’m nuts but once you try it you will be addicted, believe me! If you can fit a handful of leafy greens in a smoothie for your babes once a day, you are giving them a good hit of some great vitamins and minerals and you can rest easy for the rest of the day knowing they have at least satisfied a good serving before they have even left for school.

Some of my favourite greens to hide in smoothies are:

  • Kale
  • English Spinach
  • Silver Beet
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley

Trick their Tastebuds with Fruit

When you first start making green smoothies have the majority of it fruit so that is it super sweet and yummy for your little ones to fall in love with. As they get used to them, slowly add less fruit and more greens and ease them into becoming super green god’s and goddesses!

Here are a couple recipes to get you started on the path to nutrition and then let your minds run free! There are so many other mixtures and tastes to play with. Throw everything in the blender and get your kiddies to absorb the goodness!

Banana Bangfruit smoothies1

  • 1 large stalk of kale
  • 1 large cos lettuce leaf
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups nut milk/coconut milk/rice milk
  • 2 medjool dates

Throw all in a high power blender until smooth

 Cucumber Refresher

  • 1 cucumber
  • Small handful mint leaves
  • Hand full English spinach leaves
  • 2 cups coconut water

Throw all in a high power blender until smooth

80/20 Wizz

  • 80% fruit of your choice. Watermelon is awesome!
  • 20% greens of your choice.
  • Enough water to get the blender moving and make consistency of your choice.

Throw all in a high power blender until smooth

 Grate the Greens

Another tip to consider is to grate your veggies and add them to sauces and meat dishes. Try to add the greens at the very end so they are not overcooked and lose the key nutrients. Grate zucchini, carrot and add in a handful of spinach and hopefully your kids won’t even notice the difference! I know mine don’t.

Have a tip to share with SAHM? We would love to hear it!  Enter your best tip on getting your fussy eater to eat veggies in the comments below!

AIA11148_AIAS_masterbrand_largeAIAS_cmyk_pos.epsCassandra Michelin is a Personal Development, Health and Physical Education teacher, Dance Teacher, naturopathic nutrition student with AIAS, keen cook and a mum! As well as being a total foodie and nutrition nerd, She is the creator of the health and wellness website; Live it, Do it! 

 

 

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