Toddler Test Kitchen: Sneaky Veggies

I did a little whining last week about Jona and his very selective dining preferences as of late. I have no delusions of turning him (back) into an adventurous eater, but I'm going to try to get more creative lest he live on cheese quesadillas and fruit for the next few years.

I refuse to become a short-order cook at dinner time, so I'm just going to keep serving him what we're eating and hope for the best. (I do always make sure there will be something he'll eat...I promise, he's far from starving!) However, I could use a couple of quick breakfast and lunch ideas that are win-wins (both healthy and Picky-Pants-approved).

Recently I tried a recipe from my Little Eater Pinterest board that I hoped would pass the test, a Spinach Berry Smoothie.

The smoothie was a new concept for Jona. He loves the sqeeze-it-yourself containers of yogurt and applesauce, so I hoped it would be a hit. I made it pretty thin so that he could sip it from a cup with a straw, which was also new to him. He did drink a little, but he remains skeptical. I think I'll play around with different combinations to make it a little thicker, yet still drink-able.

I'm not big into smoothies, but I know they're pretty popular. Do you have any good smoothie recipes? 


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21 comments:

  1. We love smoothies. :) I have one on my blog in my tabs. The other I haven't posted... but I certainly could. :) Good luck! Picky kiddos can be tricky. :) XO -Alexandra

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  2. Thanks Alexandra! I will go check out your smoothie recipe for sure! Even though this one was only somewhat successful I'm planning to try again!

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  3. all pictures of jonah are absolutely precious - he's such a cute little man. as for eating habits? i'm planning to be just like you - serving the kids whatever we're having - but i'll take all the tips/recipes i can get if that doesn't work :)

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  4. Making it into a smoothie is a great idea! I hope that he continues to like it as you tweak things! I hadn't given any thought to trying smoothies with Ollie - I bet I could make one with almond milk for him! Especially when it gets warmer, he eats Oatmeal everyday for breakfast right now but I'm trying to find options for when it's not cold anymore and I have yet to find a dairy-free yogurt that he'll eat!

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  5. Good idea with almond milk. Even though Jona does fine with milk it wouldn't hurt to mix it up every now and again in a smoothie. I'm hoping that he'll grow to like them!

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  6. This is so smart. Green smoothies are one of the few ways I get vegetables into my little man. As long as there is a fruit in there, he eats it. I basically make the same one you make but throw in half a banana--but that would thinken things up. I also like to sub frozen mangos for the berries some times.

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  7. Hendrik loves smoothies! I always toss some spinach in to work in a few extra greens (though he'll still eat lots of carrots, peas, and broccoli for me - knock on wood!), and then I just do a handful of frozen berries, half a banana, and a few dollops of yogurt. Easy and quick for breakfast.


    Way to work on the creativity - I totally feel for you on the frustrations/disappointment of the kid wanting only quesadillas and fruit! Hope you find some other great options... I'm excited to check out your kiddo meals pin board anyway! Thanks for linking up as always :)

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  8. Good idea with the banana! Jona loves bananas so I'll throw one in there for sure. What do you put it in for him to drink? I bought a cup with a straw, but it's not a very big straw, so I'm not sure it will work if I make it much thicker.

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  9. Oh yogurt is a good idea to throw in there too to thicken it up, I'll try that! And I'm going to ask you the same question I asked Megan--what do you give it to him in? The straw on the cup I have for Jona is pretty small, but when I was looking at cups there didn't seem to be one with a big straw... And spoon-feeding is NOT happening around here. (Either from me or from himself.)
    And thanks for hosting and always giving me that little nudge I need to make stuff I pin!! :)

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  10. My latest smoothie that I drink for breakfast (I change it up every few weeks) is spinach, plain greek yogurt, flax seed oil, banana, peanut butter, and honey. I fill the cup with coconut milk (the kind you drink, not the cooking kind) and blend. It's super yummy! In the summer, I always use bleberries and spinach. Good luck! I once bought that Jessica Seinfeld book on how to sneak healthy foods into snacks. I used a lot of pureed sweet potatoes in mac and cheese, and the kids never knew!

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  11. That sounds really good! We're pretty big peanut butter lovers around here too.
    I forgot about that book! I don't always want to have to sneak veggies in, but it may be a really good thing for right now!! Thanks!

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  12. I still serve it to him with a straw. I do let the drink sit a while before giving it to them. The less frozen it is, the thinner the consistency. I get those big animal head straw cups at Target and those straws seem to be big enough.
    Like these, they always have different variations in the store.

    http://www.target.com/p/monsters-straw-sippy-cup-set-of-2-blue-and-green/-/A-15450154?lnk=Rec|pdp|viewed_viewed|pdpv1

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  13. Oh yes, I've seen those there! I may have to pick one up. The cup I (stupidly, stupidly) bought has about 7 million different parts and is a beast to clean.

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  14. Thanks so much for this! I've heard of these but have never tried them. I hope you can sell to the US one day :)

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  15. Gah, I know. At least if you do an Instagram one you can say that was real life for the year - I tend to snap photos of both milestones and everyday moments, so if I never get around to the baby book, at least I've got things reasonably well (if not amazingly well photographed) covered...

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  16. lol at he remains skeptical! i'm lucky the girls i take acre of will eat anything. the baby is over baby food though!

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  17. My mom got Hendrik one of these cups a while ago: http://www.amazon.com/Lollaland-1002-Lollacup-Bold-Red/dp/B004FQ087U and the straw works really well for smoothies (though occasionally they turn out a little thick and then I just stir in a little milk to thin them out, which doesn't seem to make a difference to him on taste). The cup is great because it's made so that the straw tips if they tip the cup, so they can still suck liquid out (if that makes sense). Downside is that now he thinks he can tip any cup with a straw, which doesn't work so well... so we need to find another regular straw cup to practice with.

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  18. Oh that is good! Jona used to eat everything!! I hope this is just a phase...

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  19. If you take that photo course, you'll have to tell me how it is! I've learned all of my photography stuff from random tutorials/blog posts online as well as what I remember from a high school photography classes I took as a freshman and sophomore. But I love the ABM team and I bet their course is awesome! :)


    Thanks for linking up with us!!

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  20. Thanks Kiki! I'll definitely let you know--I love the ABM team too!
    You always have beautiful photos though. I love looking at your Project 365 posts--it makes me want to try one!

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