I don’t know about you, but getting vegetables in my kids is always a struggle. I don’t exactly know when they (well, the boys…B will eat anything!) started to become picky eaters, but it happened. We are currently on a rotation of PB sandwiches (they have even stopped eating the jelly), mac ‘n cheese and pizza. I can’t even believe that we’ve gotten to this point. Anyway, I’m constantly trying to get healthy options in their little tummies so when I was approached by one of the co-founders of EasyPeasie Veggie Blends, I was so excited to try it. The EasyPeasie Vegetable Blends are all natural powders, which consist of simply vegetables. That’s it. ONLY vegetables. Genius! The vegetables (Green Blend has carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, kale and spinach) are thoroughly dried and then ground into a powder. The powder is super fine and when sprinkled in or on the food, my kids had NO IDEA because there really isn’t a taste to the blends…which in this case is the most fantastic thing! I mean, I feel so sneaky because they were actually eating their food with the veggies hidden inside! #winning!! Additionally, these blends can be added to the food while cooking, sprinkled on top, or added into smoothies.
For children 1-3 years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends 1 adult serving of vegetables per day (= 3-4 toddler servings). For older children (up to 8 years), the USDA recommends 1.5 adult servings. These blends are not intended to fully substitute offering vegetables to your children to eat…but simply to add more vegetables to your picky-eaters’ plate. Because the vegetables are dehydrated, they naturally have less water-soluble nutrients than the whole foods from which they are derived. That being said, the fiber, minerals, and other water-insoluble vitamins and nutrients are maintained. Although I will not give up in trying to get my kids to eat their vegetables, because I believe nothing can quite substitute the real thing – I do feel a whole lot better that they are getting more than before.
Let me know if you have any tricks to get your kids to eat more vegetables!!!