Is it Cheating?

Kid Friendly Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Can you get your kids eat their vegetables?

I can’t!  My kids used to be such good eaters, they would often eat their veggies before touching anything else.  The first food that my two youngest munchkins had was mashed up avocado.  THEY LOVED IT!  They would eat it up and ask for more.  As they got older they would wake up and have eggs and sauteed spinach for breakfast.

 They were eating great, I thought that I was doing a great job getting them to eat a wide variety of things.  Then one day they just refused to eat their vegetables.  This changed started to happen for both of them when they turned 2 years old.

At this point, I am lucky if I can get them to eat sweet potatoes and corn.  Yup, that’s it.  I still offer them vegetables every chance I get because I know they are missing out on all of the vitamins that fresh vegetables offer.  So, I have started to make them smoothies with some fruit and spinach mixed in.  When I do this it seems like I am cheating.  I feel like this is teaching them to only like sweet things and pushes them ever further away from eating really vegetables.

Question: Do you have any tricks to get your kids to eat their veggies?

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Kid Friendly Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ c frozen strawberries
  • ¼ c frozen spinach
  • 1 c almond milk

Directions:

1. Add everything to the blender, and blend until smooth.  Sometimes I have to add more milk to make it a little bit thinner so the kids can drink it easily through a straw.

Tip:  Freeze extra ripe bananas and strawberries that are about to go bad to use in your smoothies.  Remove the bananas from their peel and cut the tops off the strawberries before freezing.

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