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I feel a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to my kids to make sure they are eating good food amongst the other stuff.
Having had 3 kids now I do understand this is not always easy. Different kids like different things and making everyone happy all of the time seems impossible (unless it is nacho or burrito or taco night lol)
My eldest daughter strangely does not like pasta or rice. No matter what I do she just refuses to eat it. She will eat the mince/ veggie sauce from spaghetti bolognaise straight but if I mix it with some pasta she refuses. I decided when the kids were little that I did not want to make healthy food a battle ground and negative experience (although we do still have to put our foot down sometimes) but I wanted to encourage them to enjoy and understand about food and why it is important. This is easier said than done but we are getting there.
There are a few little hacks I have come up with to get more fruit and vegies into my kids which have worked a treat which I will share below …
1) Freshly squeezed juice. I know this can be a little bit of effort but my kids LOVE a fresh juice. The great thing about making your own fresh juice is you decide what is in there. I always put fresh carrot and lemon and sometimes celery into my kids juices which they don’t really notice when you add orange and apple or watermelon or pineapple. In the summertime I often turn our fresh juices into iceblocks and the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I find batching works really well so I make 2 – 3 litres of juice in one go and we are set for the week.
2) Grated vegies into meals. I don’t know what I would do without my trusty grater. Some vegies have very subtle flavours like zucchini and mushrooms. Where ever I can I finely grate vegies into meals to boost my kids daily intake. For me this includes spaghetti bolognaise, burrito and taco mince, pasta bakes and nachos. It is amazing what you can get in there with a bit of sauce and some fine grating.
3) Make it fun. This can also take some effort at times but if you are wanting your kids to at least attempt some new food you may have better success making it fun for the first time. Also offering it to them with a few other things does not make it seem so daunting. Below are a few ideas I have done in the past for fun for the kids.
4) Bowl of carrot, tomatoes, celery and cheese. Every afternoon at about 5:30pm just before dinner when the kids are complaining they are hungry and are watching TV while I cook dinner I give them both a bowl of carrot, snacking tomatoes, celery and cheese. I think because they are watching TV and not really thinking about it they eat it all up every.single.night!
5) Smoothies. I have found smoothies to be a great way to get some good stuff into my kids. Our current favourite is – milk, yogurt, banana, frozen berries, Chia Seeds (I put these in as they have no flavour and the kids don’t notice) and a dash of honey. I have also turned these into ice blocks during summer which the kids love after school.
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