Eating fruits and veggies is rarely a high priority in the mind of your favorite toddler. Yet with a bit of ingenuity, creativity, and some genius recipes, you can trick that trickster into eating (and loving!) nutrient-packed foods. Here’s how:
1. If you can’t beat ‘em, blend ‘em. We’ve proclaimed our love for the smoothie in the past, and we’re sticking to it. Full of nutritious fruits, veggies and dairy, your kid won’t be able to guess what’s inside (our how healthy it is, for that matter!). For ideas, try our top 20 summer smoothie recipes.
2. Go ahead; let them play with their food! DIY queen Jordan Ferney created perfectly kid-friendly veggie plates to serve as a backdrop for your toddler’s imagination to run wild. Also of note? Her veggie boats can’t be beat.
3. Freeze ‘em out. Fruit is much more enjoyable when shaped into an ice cold popsicle to run through the sprinklers with, right? These rainbow fruit popsicles are as cute as they are nutritious!
4. Pizza-zz their dinners! Pile their favorite food (pizza!) with red peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach – and a few of their favorite veggies for a delicious dinner they’ll love. Bonus? They’ll be so thrilled they don’t have to eat a side of peas that they might not even notice the veggies atop their pie! Try our favorite veggie pizza for starters; then get creative with your own recipes!
6. Don’t discount the salad. Sure, salads get a bad rap around every household, but when infused with fruit and nuts (like Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad!), even the pickiest of kids are sure to enjoy the sweet and savory blend.