Health Tip Tuesday: How to sneak veggies into your family’s meals

Health Tip Tuesday: How to sneak veggies into your family’s meals
By: Tricia Stefankiewicz

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly trying to get my family to eat more veggies. I know how important it is for us all, but it feels like a constant pulling of teeth, and work for only a small amount consumed. Let’s talk about some ways to sneak veggies into your family’s meals this week.

Baked ziti: Add zucchini, squash, peppers or spinach
Soups – Add celery, onions, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, or kale
Smoothies: Add spinach, kale, cucumbers, or celery
Replace pasta with zucchini or squash zoodles
Quiches or eggs: Add mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, or onions
Veggie cups: fill a cupcake tin with broccoli or cauliflower and top with cheese
Turkey or ground beef meatballs: Add kale or spinach
Mac and cheese: add pureed squash or broccoli
Muffins: add shredded carrots, zucchini, beets or spinach
Mashed or Sweet Potatoes: add pureed cauliflower or squash
Casseroles: add carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms
Substitute burgers for a vegetarian options filled with beans and other veggies
Kabobs: zucchini, mushrooms, squash, onion, tomatoes
Tacos: add roasted veggies like peppers, onions, and mushrooms
Stuffed peppers: Add beans, onions, mushrooms, or cauliflower rice
Substitute French fries or tater tots with zucchini or sweet potato fries

ants on a log (celery, PB, raisins or celery, cream cheese and veggie)
instead of chip, substitute chopped veggies with dips and hummus

Use veggies cutters and sets to make fun shapes

Other Ideas:

Introduce Meatless Mondays so family starts to see veggie options as meals
Model, model, model. Make sure to also eat veggies so that your kiddo will do so too!

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