I’ve read probably every post ever written on picky eaters…and tried almost everything. We’ve picked a new color food each week, we’ve cooked together, and we’ve even let our children choose their meals. And through this one new food journey each time something different is on our girl’s plates…cue the water works. Sometimes don’t you feel like giving birth was easier than feeding your kids?
I mean if Jessica Seinfeld’s deceptions went global as a bestseller – surely there’s got to be something to this right?
This month was all about that, deception. I mean I’ve always added a little avocado to their breakfast smoothies but why not take it one step further? Let’s hide the good stuff in everything! I tried spinach one morning, kale another, and even started new juices for breakfast. And you know what? They drank them. Ne’er a peep to be heard or a raised eyebrow at the different consistency.
After mastering breakfast options we moved on to dinner by adding zucchini, mushrooms and spinach to their spaghetti sauce and meatballs, and of course we tried different types of muffins. The bottom line is – if you hide it and they don’t know it’s there….they’ll eat it. I don’t know why I resisted this technique in the past, but it works. Kind of like what all those moms have been telling me, don’t make it a big deal and they’ll eat it. And guess what…they finally ate broccoli. In a juice and plain. Can I get an Alleluia?! (If you don’t know why I’m so excited about broccoli, I put sprinkles on it last month.)
Since these covert operations have helped a bit, I thought I’d share a few more great recipes to help get your kids eating a bit healthier. I mean you can even hide black beans in brownies…and they’re good!
15 Sneaky Recipes to Get Kids to Try One New Food
A Quick Start Guide To Juicing For Kids (Carrie Elle)
Kid Approved Green Smoothie (Pretty Wellness)
Fruity Green Smoothie (Carrie Elle)
Chocolate Berry Bliss Smoothie
Mango Muffins (Play 2 Learn with Sarah)
Sweet Potato Fries (The Pioneer Woman)
Red Beet Pancakes (Weelicious)
Pasta and Meatballs with Hidden Veggies (Shine On)
Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese (Naturally Ella)
Deceptively Delicious Chicken Nuggets (Food.com)
Cauliflower Chocolate Cake (Chocolate Covered Katie)
Black Bean Brownies (Chocolate- Covered Katie)
Also check out these recipes from Oh Honestly – this month she tackled one of our new favs spaghetti squash! And we have two awesome new bloggers who are daring enough to try one new food, so stop by and see what Gym Craft Laundry and The Mad Mommy were cooking up this month!
And if these don’t work we have another idea! Wanna make eating one new food fun?! How about this game The Rounded Plate?
The Rounded Plate is a 21-day program that uses incentives when kids and parents meet their daily and weekly goals of healthy foods. Meaningful incentives can be family activities like a trip to the park or a small prize for saving bonus stickers. The entire family’s progress is visibly tracked on a common Rounded Plate scoreboard. Bottom line your kids are competing…and who doesn’t want to beat their brother or sister?
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I love this! I need to hide more veggies in foods. Definitely going to check out some of those recipes!
Herchel S says
I own that Jessica Seinfeld book. I really should use it more! My kids totally reject my juice attempts. My daughter told me that she would like my juice better if it didn’t taste like soap lol!
Allie Smith says
I know you may not want to hear this (I know I didn’t, when my kids were young)…but it gets easier, I promise. Three out of four of my kids refused to eat veggies (unless raw and dipped in ranch) when they were younger. Number four is crunchy, he loves them all. But as their taste buds mature, mine were open to experimenting and often pleasantly surprised when they discover they like Brussel sprouts! Even my son with autism is getting adventurous, as long as the ketchup bottle is near by. BTW, I bought Jessica Seinfeld’s book back in the day, but it didn’t work for me. I swear, my kids (back then) could have worked for the CIA.
No it’s ok I like hearing this! I know it will get easier but in the interim I still need them eating something semi healthy. Good to know though!
I’ve been hiding veggies in my foods for years now. Not just for my son, but also my husband. As you know…it totally works. Well, not every time, but often it does. I do use Jessica Seinfeld’s books as inspiration and then play around with other ingredients. Thanks for including my green smoothie. We LOVE it in our house. Happy Healthy Weekend. BTW – I love this game, too. I’m going to check it out. I’m all about finding fun ways to be more active, healthy and live clean.
Aubrey @ 53weeks says
My kids are starting to get picky and it is so frustrating! I don’t ever know what I want to eat, much less figuring out what to feed them..grrr! I have been able to sneak some stuff into their food, but I should definitely try to do ti more often and with a bigger variety of stuff!! Thanks for the ideas!!!
We were lucky enough to not have to hide much from our oldest, but the 2-year-old is another story. She resists vegetables so much. I’ll definitely check out some of these recipes for her. Thanks for sharing!
all GREAT ideas but – i know this is surprising to you – i;m NOT a fan of hiding veggies. i am of the school of thought that kids need to learn that they need to eat them because they’re healthy. let’s pick the ones we like and we can skip the ones we hate. sure, we can make them yummier – ranch dressing is a god send and like i put salami in salad so my 4 yr old eat it with pride or broccoli on top of pizza – but they always know it’s there!!!! 😉
I need to start hiding foods.. but my kids are kind of strange.. they like broccoli. I have no idea how that happened.. and they like it PLAIN and STEAMED. (ew.. I dont even like it that way)
I am so guilty of sneaking veggies into other things, LOL! I am always in need of more options!
My kids like kale and apple juice and also pesto a lot. So I’m happy about that. Those chicken nuggets look really good. I never thought about dipping chicken in veggie puree.
Tara Newman says
I’m going to have to start doing this. My 9 year old is making me mental. You’ve rounded up some of my favorite food blogs.
I’ve definitely heard people who hate the deception aspect of it, because they think that just raising babies and toddlers with fruits and veggies will make them want it.
Umm… they don’t know my kids!
And kids go out in the world and see kid menus and kid parties. It just doesn’t work.
I’ll deceive them if it helps.
I made my son eat carrots this week. I should get a prize! One bite and lots of gagging.
Creative Mama Renee says
Toss it with pasta and my boys (including my husband!) will eat it. I grate veggies into meatballs and wilt spinach into tomato sauce, if they can’t distinctly taste it, they usually don’t notice.
I know broccoli is a tough one, my kids like it but my husband is still not a fan. Roasting helps, as does tossing it with lemon and olive oil! I do the same with asparagus (another hard sell!) and zucchini.
Love this! I need to try it with my daughter! She is such a picky eater=( Pinning it!
Creatively Homespun says
I”m excited for each of these! YUM!!! Found this on the Sits Girls Link Party!!! Pinned!
Definitely will need to try those sneaky recipes to get my grown-up husband to eat new veggies 😉
Great idea. I make my boys try at least one veggie or new food on their plate. Surprisingly, they like green beans. It’s a work in progress. Thanks for sharing these tips on Small Victories Sunday link up.
I love this- I’m all about sneaking healthy foods into kids, because my toddler will not touch anything green! lol
Sharon Rowe says
I need to make more smoothies with different items instead of just mixed berries and fruit juice! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party 🙂
Lisa @ Fun Money Finds says
Great ideas! My kids will tell me they don’t like something even before they try it sometimes. I might have to try some of these “tricks”!
My oldest seems to always know when I have snuck veggies in something! She has a sixth sense about it.