How to Sneak Healthy Food Into Your Kid’s Diet
If you have a child who’s a picky eater, you know how tough it is to get vegetables off the plate and into her mouth. Of course, you know it’s important to her health that she eats a balanced diet, and that too many sugary treats can make for a bad day at the dentist. If you’re at your wit’s end as to how to get your kid to eat healthy foods, here are some ways to slip some nutritious foods past her radar.
Especially during the hot summer, smoothies are a cold treat that can be chock full of vegetables without your child ever knowing. A favorite is a blueberry smoothie, which is sweet and full of antioxidants and also a great mask for raw spinach. Throw in a banana, nonfat yogurt and orange or pineapple juice and you have a great source of vitamins A, C, E iron and fiber. The yogurt is also a great source of calcium, which is important for your child’s dental health.
Another way to sneak the veggies into kids’ meals is through pureed vegetables. They’re also easy to make and freeze for later if necessary. When using this trick, be sure to color match. White foods like cauliflower blend into mashed potatoes really well. Carrots and sweet potatoes can be an extra layer in a delicious grilled cheese or even stirred into a macaroni and cheese.
Far healthier (and more dull) than their processed counterparts, whole grains are full of fiber and iron and should definitely be integrated into your child’s diet. Some tricks that work include using whole wheat pita bread instead of normal bread for sandwiches, as well as mixing in wheat pasta with the white pasta on spaghetti night. Another way to include it in a tasty treat is to use a little bran when baking your child’s favorite cookies.
With a few tricks and some consistency, your child can start eating a balanced diet that’s good for her whole body, including her teeth. If it’s time for her checkup, call SunWest dental today.