Hidden Veggies

Do you have the hardest time getting your kids to eat their vegetables? Or perhaps you dislike eating vegetables? Either way, I have some great tricks to sneak vegetables into meals so that your kids (and you) will never know they’re there. Ready?

1. SMOOTHIES: Add spinach and kale to your breakfast smoothies in the morning. The sugars from the fruit will mask the taste of the greens. Try also adding bell peppers (bell peppers are very sweet). They go great with strawberry banana smoothies (red bell pepper), mango smoothies (orange bell pepper), and banana smoothies (yellow bell peppers).

2. PANCAKES: Have you ever tried adding greens and vegetables to pancakes? (I know . . . it sounds crazy, but I do it ALL THE TIME). Adding spinach and kale to chocolate pancakes is a great way to add in greens to your diet (as well as protein). The chocolate masks the taste of the greens perfectly. And when blending the batter in a blender or food processor, the greens are broken up and the batter is smooth. Also, try adding carrots and bell peppers to sweet potato pancakes.

3. SAUCES: Another great way to incorporate more veggies is to add pureed carrots, bell peppers, and greens into sauces such as marinara sauces and pestos.

4: HUMMUS: I love adding vegetables into my homemade hummus. Depending on what type of hummus you want, play with recipes that include sweet potatoes, carrots, edamame, spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, bell peppers, etc. My favorites are:
– Sweet Potato Hummus (with pureed carrots)
– Spinach Edamame Hummus
– Red Bell Pepper Hummus (with pureed carrots)

3. JUICER: If you have a juicer, juice vegetables of your choice (i.e. spinach, kale, parsley, beets, carrots, bell peppers, etc) and use the vegetable juice as your liquid base for smoothies, sauces, salad dressings, and dips.

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