Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ingrid Callot: Veggie meals for kids

Photo Credit: Ingrid Callot

Most kids hate eating veggies. I know this first-hand because of Jacob, my eight-year-old son who used to be a picky eater. But after using what my husband calls the “Ingrid Callot convincing motherly powers,” I was able to encourage Jacob to appreciate different kinds of meals – even those with veggies.

Developing kids’ taste for healthy food is difficult. As a mom, I’ve learned that the best way to sway kids to eating healthy food, particularly vegetables, is by whipping up meals that do not only look appetizing, but are absolutely yummy, too.

Photo Credit: Ingrid Callot

When I was starting to persuade Jacob to eat veggies, I tried basic recipes like vegetable omelets for breakfast. Being the most important meal of the day, it is better to offer your kids with healthier options, instead of the usual processed food like hotdogs. Another recipe that I tried, which is now part of “Ingrid Callot’s breakfast staples,” is the potato pancake that I discovered online. This recipe also has onions in it, but since they’re grated, they will surely go down your kid’s stomach unnoticed.

For lunch, you can make some white bean burritos. Unlike black beans, white beans have a mild flavor that appeals more to kids. If your kid is like mine who loves potatoes, you can try cooking pasta with green beans and potatoes. This one’s easy to serve and is delicious, so your kid will definitely ask for another plate.

Ingrid Callot Album Photo Credit: SimpleHealthyTasty.com

Incorporating veggies in meals does not end with solid food only. In fact, there are a couple of juices that you can create using vegetables like the one I’ve tried (thanks to SimpleHealthyTasty.com) called Creamsicle Green Smoothie. Here’s the recipe, if you want to try it out:

- 1 cup water
- 1 cup rice or almond milk
- 2-3 LARGE spoonfuls of orange juice concentrate
- 1 large bunch of spinach
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Frozen peaches (about 2 cups)

By simply blending all these ingredients, you can already provide your kid with a delightful and healthy drink.

More tips on healthy eating can be accessed through Ingrid Callot’s site.

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