This is the kind of requests I got from my husband and older daughter over the weekend. I’ve decided to go ahead and hide veggies in more than smoothies. I’m even hiding veggies in their cooked food. I’ve been thinking about it in theory for awhile, but I haven’t been doing much of the cooking for everyone else as just keeping up with my food has been enough most days. Over the weekend I was inspired to finally try some of the recipes from the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, that I received for my birthday. Well, I’m impressed. I think I’ll follow a few more of the actual recipes before trying the general theory much on my own.
I want to be clear that I want my family to learn to love their fruits and veggies, especially raw fruits and veggies in their full raw glory. But I also realize that this is a transition, and I also have to be realistic. So, I was pretty happy when Nessa (3) dived into her chocolate fondue with fruit with full abandon, and I smiled even more when Megan (11) was shocked to hear me tell our guest that the fondue contained carrot and avocado as well as chocolate and sugar. Now I just have to get them to love it without so much sugar! The yummy muffins and puffy eggs also had veggies in them too. The eggs were the ones that surprised me the most. I’ve hid some things in sweet baked goods before, but never in other types of dishes so I’m looking forward to exploring that aspect of getting kids to eat their veggies. The eggs were wonderful even though I removed the cheese (did add some nutritional yeast and other flavoring) and used gluten free flour in them as well as adding the squash puree.
I always, almost always try to include lots of fresh veggies and fruit with the meal as well (we all have not so great days!) And everyone is encouraged to take a “no thank you” bite as I try to be patient to see if introducing them to something more than ten times will have any (positive?) affect at all. In the meantime it is kind of fun to hear them go on and on about how yummy something is while knowing it’s at least a little bit good for them. And it’s especially fun knowing that it contains something that they would *never* eat otherwise. Everyone except the 3-year-old realize I’m doing it so I don’t feel that deceptive, nor do I want to be. The interesting thing is that I don’t think Nessa would even mind if she saw me put orange and green things in her food as long as the final product fit her expectations. With green smoothies she loves putting the greens in, but she won’t ever put unblended greens much past her lips. I don’t know if it’s truly texture or more than that, but there are some things she is convinced that she doesn’t like. And we all know that that argument is useless with a 3-year-old.