I’ve talked about getting your kids nutrition through the green smoothie, and so far that’s my favorite way to go. The nutrients are dense, the whole fruit or vegetable is consumed thereby giving more fiber, and a multitude of healthful foods can be hidden in there. But there are some other ways to get otherwise “yucky” or hard-to-eat (read “chew” for younger ones) foods into your kids.
Try chopping dark leafy greens very fine and stirring them into your spaghetti or other sauces. Kale or spinach shouldn’t alter the flavor, and both are full of vitamins and minerals.
Replace regular pastas with whole grain. (We actually enjoy the whole grain more because it has more flavor.)
For the morning oatmeal, sweeten it with 1/2 a mashed banana instead of the usual brown sugar or maple syrup. My son eats a large bowl of this every morning with a couple teaspoons ground walnuts and some chopped dates. He loves it!
Check back tomorrow for some more ways to add an extra boost of nutrition to your childrens’ diets. Got some ideas of your own? Leave a comment here and share!