How do we get our finicky little angels to eat healthy foods?

I’ve got a couple of tips. My son’s not too picky, and he really likes fruit and some vegetables such as raw carrots and green beans (fresh)… so anyway, here goes. Please pitch in if you guys have any ideas.

Frozen Fruit

Smoothies can be a great way to get your kids to eat healthy, especially in hot weather. Throw in some low-fat yogurt for calcium, and even a small serving has huge nutritional benefits.

Freezing your own fruit can save you money. How many times have you bought berries and half of them get moldy in the fridge? (Is it just me?) If you freeze your own berries when they’re in season, it’s much cheaper than buying a bag of frozen ones. You can freeze peaches, bananas, mangoes, pineapple…the list goes on and on.

Frozen fruit instantly cools down hot oatmeal, and gives it a nice nutritional boost. Think chopped up frozen Peaches or (our favorite) frozen blueberries.

Little Extra’s

Wheat Germ- I add it to oatmeal, bread, I use it in pasta dishes (has an effect sort of like adding bread crumbs). You can add some to meatloaf, yogurt, cold cereals. It’s a great source of folic acid as well as fiber and tons of minerals. Keep it in the fridge.

Flax Seeds-These can be added to just about anything as well. They are rich in omega-3’s which lower bad cholesterol and promote brain health. I have noticed that they take on kind of a sweet flavor like roasted nuts when I bake them in bread. Add them to salads for yourself (if your kids won’t touch a salad)

Sauce

You can sneak a lot of stuff into sauce. If you’ve got a picky eater at home, try making pasta sauce with carrots and broccoli (or whatever veggies you like) and running some of it through the blender so they don’t know what’s in it.

With a creamy sauce, or a gravy, you can substitute whole wheat flour, but it has kind of a sweet, nutty flavor so you might balance that out in a savory dish by adding some caramelized onions and/or frozen peas…

Okay, that’s it off the top of my head. My son’s up…

Misty..

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