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Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports: Sneaking fruits and veggies into your kids diets!

Sep 21, 2009

Sneaking fruits and veggies into your kids diets!

"It is isn't easy to get my child to eat a fruit or a veggie as it is!"

Don't worry you are not alone! Many Moms around face this struggle....I confess Bunny girl is a Banana girl who will not eat another fruit unless it slips in disguised without her knowledge! Thankfully I have no problems with veggies, it's just the fruits that get to me!!

I have a few tips (tricks..aha!) up my sleeve and thought it would be kind (!) to share them with you (wink!). Together we can succeed in getting those fruits and veggies in!:

1. Cut up carrots, beans, cauliflower florets, broccoli florets into mini bits and when cooking your rice for a meal, boil them in with your rice, a little salt and pepper. Once your rice is cooked you will have on your hands a vegetable rice that is yummy for your child's tummy! (a. You can also throw in a cube of plain chicken stock for a nice flavor or b. You can throw in a cube of chicken stock with tomato flavoring to give it a spanish rice taste. or c. Before cooking the rice, while throwing in the veggies, include 2-3 cloves and 2-3 cardamom pods. Gives a lovely Indian pullao flavoring)

2. Make milkshakes-yummo! My mom used to be ace at this-much to our dismay as kids. (It's another thing that I love this idea now that I'm a Mom!)Throw in a banana or an apple or strawberries- be imaginative. You can make a yummy milkshake with any fruit (Though I would advise against oranges-I think they're safest as a juice!!)

3. Make a yummy vegetable soup. Even Bunny girl is crazy about this. Boil small chicken chunks, uncooked noodles, 1 tomato cut up, carrot chunks, beans, broccoli florets and spinach strips (basically any veggie you would like in there) in a little water (You can add based on how thick you want your soup) Add to the mix some salt to taste, pepper and a cube of plain chicken stock. Now cook the concoction till the noodles are as soft as you want them to be and the chicken is done. This is great especially when your child has a bad cold.

4. Another fruit trick I have is to make a fruit salad. I mix up all the fruits I can find (You can choose. There aren't any specific fruits you need to add.) and make a nice chilled Jello pudding ready mix and add them all in there. (I generally use the vanilla flavor) Bunny girl loves this and so do we!

5. You can also add in your fruits with your child's favorite breakfast Cheerios or a bowl of oats. If you've diced up those fruits super fine or even blended them before adding them in, he/she won't even tell those 'good for you' fruits are in there!

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At September 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Serendiptiys is Sweetr said...

Great tips!

At September 22, 2009 at 8:18 AM , Anonymous EG said...

Really enjoyed the 'sneak attack' tips...they sound tasty and am sure children would go for them without a fuss.
You could make your own fresh fruit flavoured yoghurts -chop and dice fruit(strawberries top the 'favoured'list followed by peach)fine and add to the yoghurt and keep in the 'fridge to chill. A friend of mine tricked her son into believing it was a fruit ice cream for a very long time!
Chopped dates and almonds could be added to breakfast cereals or yoghurt ...very nutritious.
I have a smile now ...esp while reading the tips on milk shakes' and you know why !! A cool favourite with the family used to be (fresh) mango milk shake !


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