Junk food and comfort food is appealing because it tastes good but lacks many nutrients our bodies need to function properly. Children can be especially picky when it comes to eating nutrient-rich foods like green vegetables and whole proteins. Try these tips to boost nutrients in foods you already love!
- Add pureed butternut squash or pumpkin to pancake or waffle batter. Throw in an egg for extra protein.
- Add shredded zucchini or carrot to baked goods such as bread and muffins.
- Add chopped broccoli, kale, cauliflower, peppers, etc. to scrambled eggs.
- Add kale, spinach, or avocado to any fruit smoothie.
- Loads of vegetables can be added to pasta dishes (veggie mac & cheese anyone?), spaghetti sauce, soups, casseroles, and other sauces.
- Add various vegetables and beans to burger patties or meatloaf.
- Slice turnips, rutabaga, zucchini, carrot, or sweet potato into fries and bake for a healthy twist on French fries.
The more vegetables you can sneak into your food, the happier your body will be! Remember to refer to the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen to educate yourself on which products should be bought organic. Have fun experimenting with sneaking nutrients into your favorite recipes!