How to sneak veggies into meals for toddlers?
Getting kids to have veggies is quite a difficult task for every parent. This becomes even more difficult when your toddler is a picky eater. Some of the ways to help them pick nutritious veggies is to blend them into their favourite delicacies.
Add veggies like tomato, onions, potatoes, peas, coriander, curry leaves to breakfast scrambles like idli and dosa batter. You can add them either in finely chopped forms or as a puree.
Finely chopped veggies can be added to the muffin and pancake mix. This just doesn’t enhance the texture and flavour of baked foods, but adds vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
You can also add mashed potato, and carrots to baked foods. As these veggies are rich in moisture they don’t need as much oil.
Veggies such as onions, potatoes, corn, carrots, spinach,cauliflower, broccoli, basil can be mixed with the finely diced meat and fried over to make meat ball snacks. You can serve them to your toddlers with tomato sauce.
We have all tasted and had smoothies made out of fruits. Try blending some veggies (carrots, spinach, kale, tomato) and curd along with the fruits. In the beginning to avoid altering the taste use a 3:1 parts of fruits and veggies.
Finely diced carrots, potatoes, kale can be sun dried and baked over in a microwave or fried over in oil for a crunchy taste. They offer the perfect crunchiness for a mid evening snack.
Serve Them In Fun Shapes
Instead of serving raw veggies cut using a knife use vegetable cutters made up of different shapes like stars, flowers, leaves, & so on.
Veggies blended into juice can be pour into ice pop moulds and freezed over and be given as a healthy ice cream treat
Cakes & Cookies
Add veggies like sweet potatoes, carrot puree along with chocolate chips to the batter of cakes and cookies. They make an healthy addition to the snack meal.