My two kids are definitely fussy eaters. One has issues with textures, and the other is generally too busy playing to consider eating. As a result, I have tried a lot of things to try to get my kids to eat. Just to make it more fun, what works for one, generally doesn’t work for the other. Ah, the joys of parenting!
I am slowly working on broadening my kids’ diet, but in the meantime, I’m still conscious that I need to make sure they get enough nutrition.
One of my favourite ways of doing this is by hiding super healthy foods in other food that I know they’ll eat. That way, I have a much greater chance of them actually eating the food I want them to have.
I still offer them a range of foods, including the ones they aren’t keen on eating, but this way I’m less stressed if they decide not to eat their tofu, or spinach, or whatever.
Smoothies for Fussy Vegan Kids
I find smoothies to be the easiest recipes to hide veggies in. This Super Veg Chocolate Smoothie has an entire serve of veggies from sweet potato and spinach, plus it has oats, dates and bananas. I used to give this smoothie to my older son for breakfast. Once he’d drunk that, I was far less worried about his food for the rest of the day.
Although it isn’t a smoothie, I love this Strawberry Milk, because it is packed full of ingredients that are high in iron, plus the strawberries are high in vitamin C, which help with iron absorption. So that’s a win win, in my book.
Vegan Snacks for Fussy Eaters
You may not think it, but snacks are a great way to pack in some extra nutrients for fussy eaters. I find kids tend to like grazing, so they’re more likely to enjoy their food in small serves.
One of my favourite healthy snack recipes is this delicious Chocolate Hummus recipe. It has all the goodness of healthy hummus, with the added bonus of chocolate! It’s great as a dessert, a dip with fruit, or even on toast!
These Chocolate Protein Balls are a delicious snack option if you’re looking to increase how much iron your kids are eating. They are a quick and easy recipe that you can easily make at the start of the week for after school snacks.
Super Veg Dinners for Fussy Eaters
Do you find it really hard to get your kids to eat their veggies for dinner? I find hidden veggie dinners are a great way to make sure your kids eat enough veggies.
My absolute favourite hidden veg recipe is this Vegan Mac and Cheese. Sure, it looks like a simple creamy pasta recipe, but it actually contains cauliflower, carrot, potato, spinach, zucchini and peas. Not bad for good ol’ Mac and Cheese, hey!
Spaghetti bolognese is an oldie but a goodie for hidden veggies. This recipe is great because not only does it have carrot, zucchini and tomato, it also contains lentils!
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to add extra super healthy foods to your cooking, check out my 2 page Recipe Booster Guide below. This is a great reference to print out and keep on the fridge for easy reference when you’re cooking.