Remember the days when your baby ate fruits and vegetables? So what has changed now that your baby has grown up? Are you having dinner time battles over broccoli?
Well, here are some tips to get you on the right track to increasing your child’s fruit and vegetable intake.
- Try adding those baby food fruits and vegetables to other foods.
- add pureed carrots, sweet potato or butternut squash to macaroni and cheese. start with just a bit and increase the amount as your child takes to the new flavors.
- add baby prunes, applesauce, baby pears or peaches to quick bread, muffin or brownie mix
- add pureed vegetables to taco or lasagna filling
- add baby / pureed carrots, beets, squash or sweet potato to pizza or spaghetti sauce
- All fruits and veggies taste better on a stick. Try fruit kabobs, or melon wedges on popsicle sticks.
- Offer dip with veggies: 1/4 cup yogurt + 1/4 cup of your child’s favorite salad dressing, such as Ranch or Honey mustard
- Offer dip with fruit: 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt + 1 Tablespoon honey
- Try making veggie noodles using a spiralizer to add to pasta
- and be sure to have lots of fruit and veggies ready in snack bags to offer your kiddos when they say “Mom, I’m hungry”