Sneaking Veggies into Toddler Food

2:55 PM

Ok, this is one of our favorite things to successfully accomplish. We feel more magical than Sigfried and Roy riding around their tiger pets when we get our picky toddlers to eat healthy ingredients without even knowing it.

They're like, "Ha! We have our moms trained so well. All we eat is ice cream and cookies."

And we're like, "Muhahahahahaa, you babies will never conquer us!!!!!!!"

And then they're like, "Oh yea? Well we're skipping our naps today."

And we're like, "Shit, we birthed evil little geniuses."

Anyway....back to the food. Check out our top 3 ways to sneak healthy ingredients into our kids snacks.


Granola Bars




















These are such handy little snacks, but like a lot of kids snacks they really should be called a cookie, not a granola bar. There is very little nutritional value in a granola bar unlesssssss you have a little time to whip up our version which packs some good nutrients...
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pitted, chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 pinch of chia seeds
  • (optional) 1 tsp vanilla, cinnamon, grated nutmeg, coconut flakes
  • mix all ingredients in a large bowl (make sure banana is blended up really well, almost like a liquid)
  • press your mixture evenly into a greased baking dish (we use coconut oil to grease)
  • cook on 350 for 30 minutes
Voila! Healthy granola bars, or cookies as we like to call them. ;)

Juice
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For some reason, toddlers effing love juice. Unfortunately, most fruit juices are packed with horrible ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and food dye and contain very little actual fruit. Stupid. Luckily, this is one of the easiest things to make at home and fill with really healthy vegetables. You'll need:
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries (or any other fruit. We like mango, blueberries, etc.)
  • juice from 1 orange
  • (optional) 1/2 avocado, spoonful of almond butter, pinch of chia seeds
  • blend all ingredients
  • fill sippy 1/2 way full with smoothie
  • fill the rest of sippy with water or milk
Your toddler will chug this juice so fast and then ask you for some of yours. Promise!

Squeezy Packs




















Buying and filling your own squeezy packs is a lot cheaper than the prepackaged kind. Also, you dont have to actually "make" the food that goes in them, but in filling them yourself you can hide a lot of shit in there. The absolute best "base" for your squeezy is applesauce (store bought or hand made) because a: every kid freaking loves it and b: it makes everything taste good. I swear, one time I hid chicken in applesauce. Here are a few of our faves....
  • Applesauce and steamed mashed carrots
  • Applesauce and mashed avocado
  • Applesauce and mashed black beans
  • Applesauce and pureed spinach
  • Applesauce and steamed mashed peas 


Do you have other ways to sneak healthy food into snacks? If so, let us know. We are always looking for ways to switch things up and keep our monsters kids interested!

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