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23 Hacks To Smuggle Veggies Into Kids Food

Kids either love or loathe veggies, and if you’re worried about how little they eat or simply want increase their intake, you can sneak them into their food. Here are 23 ways you can smuggle vegetables into your child’s meals and they’ll be none the wiser!

A cute young boy with his head on the table while holding a piece of broccoli on his fork

Often we have no choice but to sneak veggies into our children’s diet. However, it’s not something we should make a habit of. This is because we still need to expose them to vegetables on a regular basis and want them to like them, eventually!

Interestingly, research shows it can children may not try a vegetable until they’ve seen it 10 to 15 times!

However, if you’re a busy mum and have decided not to pick the vegetable battle every meal time, you will love these sneaky suggestions.

23 Hacks To Smuggle Veggies Into Kids Food

1. Put carrot into their fruit smoothie, it’s virtually impossible to detect.

2. Add chopped mushrooms to a meatloaf or spaghetti bolognese.

3. Make homemade sweet potato fries instead of using store-bought ones.

4. Add some finely grated (and peeled) zucchini into your pancake mix.

5. Blend baby spinach with a smoothie that has raspberries or blueberries, it will mask the green colour.

6. For healthy mashed potatoes, include some mashed cauliflower.

7. Add half an avocado into their smoothie to give creamy consistency.

8. Peel and finely grate zucchini (drain excess water) into vanilla cupcakes or a cake mix.

9. Puree tomatoes in blender and add to spag bolle.

10. When making a risotto, puree carrots and add, will give it a sweeter taste.

11. Put some pureed pumpkin into macaroni and cheese; blame the cheese for the funny colour.

12. Finely grate carrots and zucchini and add to homemade sausage rolls.

13. Make kale chips by dehydrating kale; add some pink salt for a little flavouring.

14. Cut up cauliflower, sprinkle in coconut oil and bake at 180C for crunchy cauli popcorn.

15. Blend onions and carrots and then add to marinara sauce.

16. Puree some carrots and add to meatballs or hamburgers.

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17. Ditch pasta and get on board the zucchini noodle trend.

18. When making homemade pizzas, finely blend cauliflower and sprinkle underneath pizza sauce.

19. Puree zucchini and add to pizza sauce you spread over homemade cheesy pizza.

20. Slice red peppers finely and top your pizza with it and then cover with grated cheese.

21. Put a thin layer of spinach in lasagne and also add pureed cauliflower to cheese sauce.

22. When making wraps or burritos, sneak in a few sweet veggies such as corn.

23. Try making some pancakes using sweet potato!

And just remember, as a kid you probably refused your greens or were bribed to eat them. They won’t be hating on veggies forever, so don’t lose too much sleep over it!

Meanwhile, the Healthy Mummy Healthy Kids Lunch Boxes eBook has more than 100 easy ideas that kids will love!

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written by:

Emily Toxward

When former journalist Emily Toxward isn’t wrangling her three kids she’s juggling the demands writing and failing fabulously at being a domestic goddess. A published writer for nearly 20 years, Emily left full-time work in 2008 to have children and write from home. Always on the go, she spends her days negotiating with an army of little people she created and visits her local Gold Coast beaches for a little sanity.