Posted on: October 5, 2016
When it comes to kids and vegetables, we all know how much of a nightmare this combination can be! So what do other mums suggest? It’s time to get creative! Follow these 8 yet simple home & kitchen ideas to improve the health of your child.
1. Zucchini Bread 節瓜麵包
Want something healthy but tastes like chocolate cake? With zucchini bread this dream you’ve been having for years can become a reality! All with the health benefits of TWO WHOLE zucchinis inside.
2. Toddler Muffins 兒童鬆餅
By far one of the healthiest muffin options you’ll ever hear of! Use pumpkin, carrot, zucchini, or fruit! A definite winner when it comes to the nutrition of your child.
3. Smoothies 沙冰
This is a winner for both fruits and veggies! Get some carrot, orange juice, spinach, raspberries, and banana! Throw it all in a blender and there you have it – the most balanced and healthy smoothie that your child will love.
4. Dip 搭配食用
This may be a little trickier for some, but the rewards are great! Simply give your child a side dip of hummus to go with their raw vegetable sticks (carrots, humus, celery, etc.) and watch them finish the whole plate!
5. Disguise it in Food 為食物『偽裝』
It’s not difficult to slip some veggies into your child’s favourite dish! A good example would be to add some chopped up peppers into an omelette, cover some olives and tomatoes on a pizza, or make some fresh salsa and serve it with chips!
6. Popsicles 雪條
This is brilliant! Not only are they healthy, but they’re loads of fun to make with your children. Here is a simple idea for some delicious Green Monster Pops; 1 cup of chopped spinach, half a cup of chopped kale leaves, 1 whole peeled and chopped pineapple, and 1 – 2 cups of purified water. Chuck all of that into a blender, puree, add water, repeat. Pour your mixture into pop moulds or small cups and leave them in the freezer for an hour!
7. Try Lots of Different Veggies 多嘗試做不同的蔬菜
Think about how many different varieties of vegetables are out there! Your child is bound to like at least 2 of them at the very least. Once you identify those key vegetables, continue to serve them until they grow out of that picky toddler behaviour!
8. Grow a Garden! 自己種蔬菜
Some parents have noticed that their kids won’t eat store-bought peas, but will eat them by the truckload if they have picked them themselves! Although this is a bit difficult to accomplish in Hong Kong, you should consider growing your vegetables with your toddler, both as an exercise and to encourage healthy living!
Apply these ideas to you and your child’s routine, and enjoy the healthy benefits! Remember, being healthy also means being fun! Interested in how cartoons can help your child’s well-being? Check out this article! Stay tuned for our next instalment of healthy eating articles, where we actually provide you with the recipes for some of the delicious foods we just discussed!