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Sneaky Recipes for Healthy Kids

by Marcella

Picky kids are smart — they know when you’re trying to feed them vegetables and other healthy foods, and they’re clever enough to pick around them. Outsmart your kids with these recipes. They’re a great way to sneak fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your child’s diet!

NurturMe freeze-dries organic fruits and vegetables at their freshest, to lock in nutrients and flavor. That makes their baby food healthy, delicious, and portable . It’s perfect for travel, like airplane check-ins and roadside meals. But NurturMe is versatile. It can also be added to recipes to pump up nutritional content. Every meal becomes an opportunity to get your child an extra vegetable serving or two — no coaxing required.

Stumped for ideas? NurturMe offers recipes on their website to help. You can add always-ripe banana to smoothies, secret carrots to spaghetti and even sweet potatoes to pancake batter!

This recipe uses freeze-dried peas to make a fresh, green pasta sauce. Your child will be none the wiser.

Source: via Citrus on Pinterest


More recipes


Sneaky Stovetop Mac n Cheese (via Whipped)

This recipe looks like regular mac and cheese — but the sauce hides butternut squash and carrots.


Carrot and Zucchini Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting (via Mom It Forward)

If your child likes carrot cake, add zucchini to make a tasty, healthy snack.


Cinnamon Butternut Squash Muffins (via Creatively Domestic)

A tasty way to get more squash in your child’s diet.

If you’re looking for even more healthy recipes for kids, check out our Recipes for Picky Kids Pinterest board! Follow Me on Pinterest

Photo credit: LizaWasHere on Flickr.

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Anastasia @Healthy Mama Info March 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Great recipes, thank you for posting! Once you are past the “sneaking” phase, check these out:

18 ways to make your kids eat vegetables:


Christa March 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

My new little baby girl, Braylee loves just about anything she can get her hands on!, but her favorite for the moment is probably pears.


Christina March 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

I have a 6 year old who is soooo picky, if he even suspects there are any veggies in his food he will go make himself a PB&J sandwhich. He will inspect his food before he even takes the first bite. I’m going to have to try some of these. Also I’ve discovered that buying Fruitables is a great way to get him a serving of fruits and veggies without his knowledge. Fruitables is a 100% juice that tastes like normal apple or mixed berry juice.


Elizabeth March 30, 2012 at 6:10 am

Great post! I had a lot of leftover jars of baby food (thanks to the WIC program and so me generous friends) and at first I was like, “What am I going to do with these?” I Freecycled a bunch and then I remembered that I use applesauce in muffin/bread recipes, so why not try pears? I also threw in jars of pureed carrots when making spaghetti sauce – it cuts the acidity without adding (white) sugar. I put pureed sweet potatoes in my chili – it added a really lovely nuance, sort of creamy and hard to describe, but really really good! I wish I’d have thought of putting pureed peas with noodles like a pesto. : ) Thankfully, both my boys (now 4 and 2 1/2) are really good eaters. They love their fruits and vegetables. I was a bit worried about the younger one, but now he chows down on fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots and I don’t even have to tempt him with ranch dressing. : )


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