Tuesday, 11 March 2014

5 healthy recipes I use to get my toddler to eat greens

Easy healthy recipes: 5 healthy recipes I use to get my toddler to eat greens

I'm currently obsessed with leafy greens, and in particular spinach. Seriously. I've been adding spinach to anything and everything I prepare. I only wish the Toddler shared my love for it. I have been getting creative with food around here in order to hide those extra bits of green. The results are great - the Toddler has been loving my creations! 



Here are the easy and healthy recipes I've been using to stuff my toddler full of spinach! 


Green smoothie

I love smoothies, but I have been majorly slacking and haven't ever prepared one for the Toddler. I have no idea why, but I finally got around to it recently and Oh My! This child adored it!



Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 kiwis
  • 2.5 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 cup whole milk*
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1/2 cup oats 
*you can replace with healthier option. The Toddler has been nursing less, so we are increasing his cow's milk intake

A few tips: if you are adding the oats, make sure to add them first so they are ground up finer. Also, you can freeze the bananas overnight and they will become harder and give the smoothie a thicker consistency if you want. One final note - adding 1/4 cup of chia seeds would increase the awesomeness of this smoothie. Just saying.

Proof that it was toddler approved:



Fettuccine Alfredo

Really, this was my attempt at making a green Mac and Cheese, and it became a sort of fettuccini and cheese or fettuccine Alfredo pasta dish. I'm not sure what to call it, but my entire family loved it! It's filled with peas and spinach, along with some chives and Boom! So much flavor, so many vitamins! 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy mac and cheese recipe


Green pancakes

These pretty much speak for themselves. They are a savory pancake and they are fantastic. We love eating these with some avocado hummus!

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Green pancakes with avocado hummus and chives


Bonus: freezer friendly! 


Egg Breakfast Bars


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals Squash and zucchini egg bars

What I love about these, aside from the fact that they are absolutely stuffed to capacity with fantastic vegetables, is that they are freezer friendly.

Healthy Pizza



Tortilla pizza with arugula, green onions, cheese, tomato paste, and mushrooms


Okay, it's not spinach, and it's not hidden, but I did get the Toddler to eat greens this way. First of all, this recipe tastes great and is ridiculously easy. Second - here's what I did

  • Get out a whole wheat tortilla
  • Spread some tomato paste on it
  • Add some mushrooms or other ingredients that you like
  • add some greens. I used arugula. 
  • Cover in a thin layer of a low fat cheese
  • Bake for five minutes or less on 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit
By hiding the greens underneath the cheese and letting it melt, I hid the greens and the Toddler happily munched away. I just need to make sure that the greens are cut small enough where he can actually eat them without realising what they are.

For more toddler recipes, visit my healthy toddler meals page. For even more ideas and inspiration, stop by my Toddler recipes pinterest board:

For more awesome lists, be sure to visit Angie at Many Little Blessings and Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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Thank you for reading,
Yuliya