Another favorite healthy recipe that is really easy to prepare is a smoothie with lots of frozen fruit, virgin coconut oil and spinach: In a blender, puree one frozen banana, one cup of frozen strawberries, a tablespoon of coconut oil, one cup of spinach, ½ cup of unrefined apple juice and ½ cup of coconut ice cream.
This is delicious, nutritious and fills them up. Let them help wash and add the ingredients so they know what they are eating.
Another easy and delicious recipe for dinner is anything Italian with a good marinara sauce that you can add cooked spinach, escarole, water cress, broccoli or broccoli rabe to. Adding fresh veggies to canned sauce is a great way to give it a healthy boost.
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If All Else Fails, Sneak!
Whether you want to supplement your kid’s vegetable intake or if your kids just flat our refuse to eat vegetables, try these “sneaky” options.
1. Burgers, meatloaf: Mix spinach, finely grated carrots, kale or other vegetables into lean ground beef for a healthier hamburger.
2. Burritos, empanadas, calzones: Stuff these with your kid’s favorite protein, then add beans and vegetables to the mix. Lots of kids like foods they can pick up and eat, so this is a great way to sneak in some vegetables.
3. Spinach, zucchini or carrot bread: Even if you don’t fancy yourself a baker, you will surprise yourself with these tasty, simple breads. My favorite recipes are in Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and the classic Joy of Cooking.
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