If your kid enjoys vegetables count yourself lucky. Corn, green beans, spinach (only in a smoothie) and peas…yep those are the only vegetables I can get Lily to eat. Of course I have given her plenty of options and I haven’t given up. They say a kid could take up to 10-20 tries until they eventually start to like the food.
Lily loves the green monster smoothie I started making during my eat clean challenge. For the original recipe check out Iowa Girl Eats (here). My adaptation is: 1 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 4 cups of spinach and a little honey. With FOUR cups of spinach this smoothie is jam packed with the green stuff!
The smoothie is a sneaky way to serve her vegetables so it got me thinking on what other recipes I could attempt with veggies. I made meatloaf and placed small bell peppers inside…she ate around it. So until she enjoys eating vegetables in regular form I am going to start pureeing them and adding them to our meals.
With the hot weather I thought of ice pops and went to the store in search of juice with a fruit and vegetable blend. I scored in the organic department at Publix (grocery store in FL) with Lakewood’s Carrot & Orange juice (read more about the juice here). The main vegetable is carrots and they are listed as the first ingredient. A little food label tip: the ingredients used in the greatest amount is listed first followed in descending order by those in smaller amounts. To make this juice sweet they use juice from oranges, pineapples and grapes.
Bed Bath & Beyond carries a plastic Popsicle mold for four priced at $4.99. The fun part about this mold is that each pop comes with a built in straw for your kid to suck up the melted treat. Before I made the popsicles I gave the carrot juice bottle a good shaking. I poured the juice into the four molds and placed them on a small cookie sheet to keep it level before placing them in the freezer. I waited a a few hours and viola….healthy popsicles that have a serving of vegetables!
As you can tell from the next picture…she liked them, she really really liked them. Score one for mommy.