We all know the health benefits of making sure our little ones eat plenty of fresh vegetables.
They are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off disease.
But getting kids to eat them - especially the greens - isn't always easy.
Making vegetables exciting
It seems children have a special talent for finding and throwing away even the best-disguised veggies.
So if your mealtimes have turned into a battle to get your little one to eat their veggies, we have some ideas to make vegetables so fun that they won't even realise they're eating them!
- Make veggie-based soups: Simply pack the soup full of nutritious veggies and blend!
- Try veggie noodles: This is a great way to get vegetables into fussy kids. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can shred, cut and chop. Zucchini, carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes all make good 'noodles'.
- Blend into smoothies: This is a great way to get the veggies in, and they can be eaten on the go!
- Make cauliflower pizza: Controversial, but actually delicious! All you need is finely chopped cauliflower, eggs, flour, and some seasonings.
- Add vegetables to sauce: Blend some veg into a tomato-based sauce for example and hey presto!
- Hide them in stew: With the taste of the sauce and seasoning, your little one mightn't notice the few veggies packed in.
- Try a veggie burger: It's a good idea to limit meat intake anyway, so why not swap traditional burgers for a veggie variety every now and then.
- Make an omelet: Hiding vegetables in an omelet can sometimes pass the taste test with kids!
- Try savory oatmeal: Although more commonly sweet, oats don't have to be eaten that way. Try mixing in some greens and spices.