My three-year old son is your typical “bad eater.” He vomits when he tries to eat any type of green vegetable. I can’t complain too much because he gets this trait from me. Also, we could be more strict at mealtimes and we don’t have to allow some of the treats that we do allow. These are all areas we’re working on, but in the meantime I need this boy to eat some vegetables.
It is very common for us to offer a treat if he will eat his meal. His favorite treat is a Popsicle. One day I had the brilliant idea of freezing the spinach smoothies I had just started trying to get him to drink into Popsicle. To my astonished surprise, he approved! Now, when I say, “Let’s eat dinner so you can have a Popsicle,” there is absolutely no mommy-guilt… and we can all do with a little less mommy-guilt.
When I started making the spinach smoothies, my thought process went something like this: Fresh spinach has little flavor and is super good for you. I wonder if I can hide it in a fruit smoothie? My plan was to start out small, with just a few leaves of spinach and slowly start adding more until he started to notice what I was doing. Below is the basic recipe I used, but feel free to subtract or add an ingredient according your child’s preferences. There really is no way to get this wrong. Just make sure to wash all fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly with vinegar and water before using.
Spinach Smoothie Popsicle
*I had a bunch of fresh fruit I needed to use up, but the starred items could easily be replaced with a frozen berry mix instead.
1 small handful of blueberries*
1 large dollop of Greek yogurt
1 small handful of fresh spinach leaves (We are up to 6 leaves and you can’t even tell they are there!!)
1-2 tablespoons of Truvia (or your favorite sweetener)
4 cubes of ice
Just enough orange juice to cover half of the ingredients
Blend all ingredients for about 30 seconds. If your child is particularly picky, like mine, strain it first to remove the seeds. Serve as a smoothie or pour into your favorite Popsicle molds and freeze for a guilt-free treat! Enjoy!
I actually came up with this idea on my own, but for more sneaky ways to hide vegetables I recommend the book Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld.
My name is Gloria and I’m a fumbling, worrisome, and passionate mother of two beautiful boys. I love to share information I come across about parenting and the lessons I learn from my boys about what it means to be a mother on my Facebook page Lessons in Motherhood.