Not all kids (or adults) grow up loving veggies or even having a bunch in their refrigerator. So we may have to trick them to eat healthy meals with veggies. Each night I always had a fresh salad. It was cucumber, tomato and iceberg lettuce. I didn’t even use salad dressing which was always available from the store. I grew up with meat as our main dish. This is all I knew and when I got married this is what I made for my family. I have since changed and it has been decades since I have learned a better way to “eat to live.” Perhaps you are the “kid” here I am about too? Adopt your own age and no one will know. I’m still stuck at 18 and feel great without pimples.
5 Ways to Make Healthy Meals for Kids with Veggies
By: Carol Giambri
1. Get the Kids Involved
With the kids helping prepare the foods they take pride in what they fixed and more likely to start eating more veggies. Even plan ahead to have a garden where the kids get their hands dirty and harvest too.
Kids love smoothies but not the color “green.” You can make their a fruit smoothie and add in some flax and chia seeds and some veggies too. What about adding in some coconut oil or even coconut water which are both healthy?
Kids love salsa. You will be using tomatoes, garlic, onion and cilantro as the main ingredients or at least this is what I use. This can go on top of their brown rice, in a salad or even use a dip.
I love my Vitamix. It blends veggies and herbs wonderfully creating a nice soup. It can heat up the soup in this machine or just have it cold. It’s expensive but worth every penny to my lifestyle.
Hummus is made out of garbanzo beans. Some may use sprouted garbanzos. I have tried doing it this way but never came up with the right flavor I was looking for. I end up cooking them and turning that in a veggie dip for the kids to enjoy.
Tip for cooking beans or rice: soak overnight, drain water, rinse again and now add fresh water into the pot. Saves on cooking time and also rinsing off anything that was on the bean or rice. I prefer organics always. Costco is the first place to look for great brown rice. I don’t go for the white with less nutrients.
These are just 5 ways to introduce more fresh veggies into your kids or your own diet. They may have a problem in the beginning, but they will come to love more veggies as time goes on. From the 3 veggies I grew up with and maybe a green bell pepper (which is considered unripe) I now have 2 packed out refrigerators with fresh produce. We are 2 adults and a 39 pound senior, precious dog.
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Carol Giambri is a health advocate, knowing as the brainstorming queen, and copywriter who loves to play with words and be creative in the kitchen enjoying her senior dog. As a business consultant/owner of a seasonal business she is energized serving customers. As a writer, she writes blog titles, taglines and product lines. Additionally photography, eating healthy as vegan, photographer, gardening and dogs are close to her heart.