Creative ways to eat nutritiously?

Post-holidays, I know that there is a lot of talk about eating nutritiously. I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for "stealthily healthy" and creative snacks? Ways to encourage kids to eat greens and other nutritious items? Previously, I've baked avocado and spinach/kale into brownies, and "hidden" greens in fruit smoothies. Then there's always the classic "ants on a log" for a celery/peanut butter/raisin snack. What are some other suggestions??

  • Ali
    Dec 27, 2019

    I am mainly posting to follow but I have put chia seeds in baked goods and add flax seed to oatmeal/yogurt/cereal. I also put pumpkin in oatmeal/pancakes. We don’t eat the healthiest but at least it is something!

  • Diana
    Dec 27, 2019

    I keep shredded cheese and soft tortillas in the house to make “pizzas” with whatever leftover vegetables are in the house under the cheese. Fast and easy and my child loves to help make them (although sometimes she’ll say she won’t want the veggies on hers if she sees it going in... depends on the day!)

  • Amanda
    Dec 27, 2019

    Yes, I love chia and flax seed! Would love to learn more ways to use them in recipes! I also love hemp seeds in smoothies and on salads, but not certain if they would conflict/pose a threat to a child with nut allergies?

  • Amanda
    Dec 27, 2019

    Does anyone have any favorite food blogs/Instagram accounts they follow for "food kid-spiration?"

  • Catherine
    Dec 27, 2019

    Applesauce blender muffins or banana muffins. My almost 2 year old loves them. They also qualify as a “grain” item for daycare. https://www.blessthismessplease.com/healthy-apple-cinnamon-muffins-4-2/

  • Amanda
    Dec 27, 2019

    Wow, I LOVE the applesauce hack! I've heard of it before, as a substitute for flour (I believe?) Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 27, 2019

    @kids.eat.in.color and @mamaknowsnutrition are great, and honestly stupidly simple: how do kids learn to like vegetables? Be offered the vegetables. No tricks, no pleading to eat them, just simply serving them in small portions over and over again until they decide to try them. I've also noticed my 3 yo is more likely to eat something healthy if other kids are also eating it. Peer pressure works!

  • Catherine
    Dec 27, 2019

    Amanda - the applesauce is a sub for oil. Its also giving it flavor. The oats are used in place of flour, which makes it healthy compared to all purpose white flour. What I liked about the recipe was that its simple - everything goes in the blender. To clean the blender, I add a couple drops of dish soap and turn it on. Muffins go in liners. Everything is fast with easy clean up. I hope your kid(s) love them the way my daughter does. We make these often and they don’t last more than a day or 2 at my house!

  • Amanda
    Dec 27, 2019

    Catherine - that's awesome! Thank you so much for the clarification about the applesauce as a substitute for oil (before I go and mess up the recipe, ha!) I really appreciate it, and I am so excited to try the recipe!! We have a lot of applesauce leftover from Hanukkah, so we'll be making these muffins ASAP! Thank you!!

  • Wendy
    Jan 02

    My favorite healthy “dishes” my 3 year gobbles down and actually thinks are treats: flourless banana pancake (1 egg, 1/2 banana, cinnamon mashed together and into a small pan with a little butter), kale bites (Recipe blow; I skip the cayenne and scallion) and adding some lentils to applesauce. https://2sistersrecipes.com/spinach-and-kale-bites/

  • Sara
    Jan 02

    Here’s another super fast blender muffin recipe that my family loves (and they have greens! You could also use kale or chard leaves minus the ribs/stems). https://thenaturalnurturer.com/oatmeal-green-smoothie-muffins/

  • Sara
    Jan 02

    A couple other go- tos that even my super selective kid likes (weirdly, even with green!): smashed avocado on whole wheat toast triangles (with a touch of salt), hard boiled egg halves (right now he is picking out the yolks, sigh...), smoothies or “banana swirl” (thanks Daniel Tiger!). I cut up bananas that are on the verge of getting too ripe and freeze them in a quart ziplock, then purée some in the blender with just enough water or coconut milk to make a soft-serve consistency treat. Add a couple strawberries and it is “strawberry ice cream.” For smoothies, to the banana base I add frozen berries or pineapple, then hemp seed (should be no relation to nut allergies!), coconut milk or (full fat!) plain Greek yogurt, a teaspoon or two of cod liver oil (my kid doesn’t eat much meat, so always sneaking in healthy fats), and a handful of whatever greens. A teaspoon or two of honey or agave if needed, and a splash of oj or water. Keeping frozen chopped spinach on hand is useful! And finally- green eggs and ham! Scrambled eggs with very very finely chopped spinach cooked in, and some diced ham. We make a big deal about reciting part of the book, then my kid who hates plain scrambled egg texture gobbles it up! It usually works best for a snack versus mealtime, when he’s often tired and doesn’t eat well.

  • Sara
    Jan 02

    And last one (thanks for everyone who has shared things- keep em coming!)- these cookies are gf and no added sugar, and yummy, and freeze well, if you can do almonds. I make them without the chocolate for my kid: https://www.101cookbooks.com/healthy-cookie-recipe

  • Amanda
    Jan 03

    Sara, thank you!! These are awesome!!

  • Catherine
    Jan 08

    I tried a version of energy bites, they were a hit for 2 days. I also liked them as a snack. I just used what I had at home. Blended toasted coconut, Cheerios, oatmeal and some blueberries. Once ground into a bit of a flour consistency, I hand mixed some maple syrup and peanut butter - just enough to bind it without making it too sticky. I used a cookie scoop and rolled them into balls. Keep refrigerated to stay firm. Most recipes called for dried fruit - I used less but fresh as its what I had on hand.

  • Amanda
    Jan 08

    Catherine - yes!!! I used to make these all the time & I’d throw in chia seeds/chocolate chips/dried oats. I’ll be bringing these back into a regular snack rotation ASAP! Thank you!!