Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ways to get your kids (and maybe even adults) to eat more veggies!

I gave a lecture to a group of parents today and one of the hot topics was ways to increase their child's veggie intake. And hey, I find that in working with my adult patients, it's even a problem with many of them too! Having trouble getting your child, (or even an adult you know) to eat enough vegetables? Here are some ways to be smart and savvy with sneaking in veggies by combining them with foods and dishes that are already loved:

Toss in shredded carrots with spaghetti or stir canned pumpkin into pasta sauce.

Blanket veggies like zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms into quesadillas or
scramble them into an omelet.

Construct a festive burrito bowl with black beans, brown rice, cheese, avocado and tomato salsa.

Bake shredded zucchini and carrot into quick breads and muffins.

Simmer generous portions of carrots and celery with chicken noodle or rice soup.

Top pizza with plenty of veggies like mushrooms and peppers

Tomato sauce and tomato juice count as veggies too!

For lunches tuck hefty portions of darker green lettuce and tomato into sandwiches and serve cut up raw veggies with a dip that encourages munching like hummus or low fat ranch.

Hope some of these tips are helpful :)


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