If we were to take a guess, we would bet that your kids aren’t exactly begging for fresh vegetables or spinach salads on a regular basis.
Are we right?
We thought so.
Don’t feel too bad – it’s normal for kids to shy away from eating vegetables. But it’s also absolutely crucial for your children to be filling their bodies with foods that will keep them energized.
And, to be honest, a little more vegetable intake will be good for you too!
You see, staying fit and healthy requires more than just exercise; we need to make sure the food we eat is contributing to our wellbeing.
The rubber meets the road when we try to get our kids (and ourselves) to actually enjoy good-for-us foods, like fresh veggies.
But it doesn’t have to be a struggle!
In fact, we have some great ideas on how to eat veggies every meal of the day that will help you get the nutrients you need to contribute to a healthy lifestyle!
Scramble finely cut mushrooms and onions into your eggs. If you like, sprinkle in some bell peppers for an extra pop of color. And don’t forget the hot sauce! Yum!
Or, add shredded carrots or spinach to hash browns for a deliciously healthy fried breakfast. To be honest, avocado also goes really well with hash browns. Just so long as you don’t try to fry that!
Finally, make a quiche with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Once again, you could add bell peppers or even broccoli.
If you’re afraid your kid will protest, just go heavy on the cheese.
Slap together a BLT sandwich. Sure, the bacon might not be the healthiest thing. But it just might be a great way to get your child to eat lettuce and tomatoes without even realizing it.
You can make a habit of adding lettuce and other veggies to pretty much any sandwich, including burgers.
Serve a salad with your child’s (or your) favorite salad dressing. Mix in carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and maybe even some radishes.
You might want to ask your child what vegetable they would add to make it even more colorful. Kids have pretty interesting ideas, and if they had input in the making of the food, they’ll want to eat it.
Cook up a batch of cauliflower rice. This can be used in stir-fries, casseroles, and any other rice dishes. You can dress it up any way you like.
Just don’t try chopsticks on this one.
Whip up a fruit smoothie! You can hide a little spinach or carrot juice in any fruit smoothie and your kids will feel like they’re eating dessert!
Experiment with adding yogurt, cacao powder, and different (healthy) fruit juices to keep you all from getting bored.
If your kids love to chow down chips, it might be time to make an artichoke-spinach chip dip. This is so delicious, and healthy at the same time.
And, by the way, if you’re kids are into chips, it’s probably a good idea to get whole grain chips. Or go for sweet potato chips. We dare you.
Also, cucumber sandwiches make a really fun and healthy snack. Spread cream cheese on cucumber slices, and pile on whatever else suits your fancy!
Olives, bell peppers, and healthy sandwich meat all make good options. If this seems too obvious, try putting cucumbers, meat, and cheese inside thinly sliced bread.
Make a yummy broccoli-cheese casserole. If there is plenty of chicken and cheese, you really don’t have to limit the vegetables to broccoli. Add carrots, zucchini, or mushrooms.
Make zucchini noodles and serve with regular pasta sauce. This extra-curly noodle substitute are a blast for kids to eat. They will love slurping them down!
If you want to take things one step further, you can incorporate veggies into the pasta sauce itself. Add mushrooms, olives, zucchini, or even finely cut carrots to any tomato-based pasta sauce.
If you really want to up your dinner game, consider making a fancy spinach pie. Feel free to add feta cheese, meat, or extra spices to make it appealing to your kids.
Yes, you can! You see, eating veggies doesn’t have to be a chore for you or your children! Instead, it can be a fun and delicious adventure. Have fun experimenting with what works best for you.
Mom, we’ve gathered up some excellent tips on how you can stay in shape and boost your energy, all while continuing to be a great mom to your kids. It’s not as hard as you think, either! Discover how to do it all while staying in shape.