Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Veggie Tales


 So it has been an on going battle to get my little Levi to eat his veggies. I would shred the veggies, he would pick out the little shreds. I would cut the pieces into teeny tiny pieces, he would spit those out. I would try to hold out on any other food until he ate them. Well this little boy is very stubborn and he would out last me usually. I was almost at the point where I was ready to throw up my hands and give up. Who needs veggies any ways???? Well we all do and what kind of mamma would I be if I just let the little squirt eat chicken, or in our house, boc boc? So I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to get him to down his veggies. Today I am happy to share, I have a few tricks.

1. Stock up on Boathouse's carrot juice. Or if you have juicer, do it yourself. I add that stuff to his drinks everyday. 1/2 a cup is one serving of veggies.  I personally like to mix it with some OJ and water and he doesn't even notice it is in there. Every kid needs to drink so why not give him a little vitamin C mixed with Vitamin A, E & K!!!

2. Smoothies are the bomb!!! Levi is majorly teething right now so he is really enjoying cold drinks. I make him a green smoothie and put it in a green sippy cup so he doesn't know he is drinking green. I'm serious! He will not eat anything green. In my smoothie I add 1 cup of frozen Kale, 1/4 cup of OJ, 1/2 cup of carrot juice,  1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of frozen peaches, 1/2 cup of frozen bananas. I usually add in a little splash of water to smooth it out and if the strawberries are tart I add 1 tbsp of honey. I blend this so there are absolutely no lumps! Levi hates lumps! This smoothie is great. It makes enough for me and Levi. I get my veggies and fruit and so does my little veggie hater. Muuuahhhhaaaaa (evil mommy voice) I WIN!!! Now that the weather is warming up I may try to make popsicles out of this as well, I'm not sure if it will be a success because I can't hide the green but it's worth a shot.


 3. Baked goods is my other secret weapon. Levi is a big carb lover. He loves his bread, cookies and muffins. So why not sneak some veggie goodness into it? I found a great recipe the other day for veggie loaded muffins. I made some adjustments and it was perfect. I wasn't sure if Levi would go for them because the veggies were very evident, remember, he usually picks the shreds of zucchini out of my pasta sauce.  But he loved them, so much so, he ate two in one sitting. WHOOOhoo, yippeeeee!!!! Hurrayyyyyyy! another sneaky way to get him to eat his veggies.!!!! 
I thought I would share the recipe with you. P.s these muffins were awesome! Not just for the veggie factor, they were moist and very flavourful!


I really enjoy the health benefits of coconut oil as well as the flavour. But if coconut is not your thing you can find the original recipe here.


Try these today! I promise you will not be disappointed!

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15 comments:

  1. yummmm... i need to try those muffins! i know well the ongoing veggie battle; have you heard of juiceplus?? look it up! all natural chewable vitamins with pure fruit/veggie extracts! use them with my 3 year old! thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog! i'm following you right back ;) your family is adorable!

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    1. I have never heard of juiceplus, I will have to check it out. Thank-you! and thanks for following :)

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  2. These look soooo good! We love muffins at our house. They are just great for a quick breakfast or a snack! I always double the batch so I can freeze some too! I can't wait to try these:)

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    1. Hey Shannon, that is what I do too! Makes life so much easier. You have a very delicious looking blog. I look forward to seeing what else you cook up!

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  3. these muffins look amazing, I might to give them a try.

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  4. The muffins look great! My little girl loves muffins, but does not love veggies! These would be perfect for her! Thanks!

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    1. These muffins would be perfect for her! Let me know how it works out! :)

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  5. I just made these muffins for my little girl, Hattie. She has eaten three!! They work!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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  6. I love hiding things in muffins :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. You are being featured at the weekends round up! Hope you can come over and check it out. I would LOVE for you to add a featured button to this post...

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    1. Eeeek I'm being featured! That's awesome! Thank-you! I will for sure grab a button!

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  7. just pinned this. Got you from Naptime Creations 20 Fab Ideas for kids and a Peek into my Paradise TGIF link up. Thanks for the recipe!

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