I’m a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you put in front of them. I know from experience! It does work, but it takes months and sometimes years of diligence.
While we wait for the “lightbulb” moment when our kids will try and like fruit and vegetables, though, how can we get that much needed nutrition into them regularly?
One of the ways I ensure my kiddos, who can certainly be picky at times, are getting enough produce is to sneak extra fruits and veggies into just about every meal. It’s been a fun challenge for me over the years to figure out all the ways I can do this.
In fact, our cookbook called From Freezer to Table, is full of over 75 rigorously tested, whole foods freezer meals that are all family-friendly. We even put an icon by the recipes that have “Sneaky Nutrition” in them.
The best part is that you can make these meals ahead and freeze them to have on hand later. Here are some of my kids’ favorites from the book that are chock full of nutrition…
You can read more about and snag a copy of our beautiful cookbook here. Your family will love it!
Now, I’m excited to share with you 50 more ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into kid favorites. Most of these can be made ahead and frozen for later, too!
50+ Recipes That Sneak Fruits and Vegetables Into Kid Favorites
5. Add pumpkin puree or finely chopped spinach our homemade Slow Cooker Marinara.
24. Whole Wheat Calzones (add chopped spinach or whatever veggies your kids like)
38. Banana Boat
39. Banana Bites
41. Pesto Burgers
48. Chocomole (chocolate pudding make from avocado!)