Hiding Veggies in Food

by Nicole on April 14, 2011 · 4 comments

in Picky Eaters

While it may not be the best possible nutritional option, hiding veggies in your kids’ foods may be the best solution for you as a busy single mom. After all, you simply do not have the time or energy to fight with your child to eat his broccoli. If you are interested in becoming a “sneaky chef,” consider these foods that are easy to hide.

Broccoli can be snuck into food if you can chop it fine enough. It will look like seasoning to your children. Many sauces can easily hide the taste. Grated carrots can also be easily snuck into your kids’ favorite foods, and if you grate them fine enough, they will not even know the difference between the carrots and shredded cheese.

Purees can also work well. Spinach and cauliflower can both be pureed and mixed into sauces without changing the taste too much. Cauliflower will not even change the color. If the food you are making is red in color, you can puree beets as well. You will need to experiment with the taste of the veggies to make sure that you are not changing the taste or texture of your child’s favorite foods.

The best way to have your kids eat their veggies is whole and fresh, if possible. But realistically, this is not always going to happen, and you need to make sure your children are getting adequate nutrition. Hiding veggies in food your children like may just be the solution you need to get those nutrients into your kids effectively and without a fight.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Karen April 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

These are some very good tricks, I have such a hard time getting my children to eat their vegtables.


Savannah April 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

These are great … they definitely worked on me as a child! I used to love my mom’s brownies, and she’d puree spinach and put it in there! I always thought other brownies weren’t nearly as good.


Iris May 3, 2011 at 4:42 am

You may cut veggies into a shape of a cat or a caterpillar made of cucumber, this one of the ways on how I present veggies to my kids. I believe that presentation of the food increase their interest in eating it. Aside from that letting them participate in the preparation is also a good thing, they will not only learn to be creative but they can also understand the role of veggies in keeping them healthy and beautiful kids.


Savannah May 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

Sandwiches can be really fun to make into shapes too! They’re also soft enough that usually cookie cutters can do the trick without you having to cut the stuff out yourself!


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