I love finding ways to sneak healthy fruits and veggies into my kid’s meals. My kids are pretty good eaters and if I tell them to at least try something, they usually will. But when it comes to things like raw carrots, my boys complain about how long it takes for them to chew or how it doesn’t have much flavour.
I COMPLETELY AGREE! Why do we make our kids eat all of their veggies in the most boring way possible? It seems like the only thing we do with veggies is either eat them raw or boiled. Why do we force our kids to sit there with a pile of raw goodness and expect that they will love it when they are used to food that, sadly, is overly sweetened or overly salted? Of course those veggies wouldn’t be as appetizing as a plate of mac and cheese!
In our society, kids are just used to eating things that are way too processed. As much as I hate it, I know that it is part of the way we live now and all I can do to counter that is to be intentional with the way I shop and cook. I like to buy organic or from my local farmer’s market and make meals from scratch rather than the prepackaged stuff, and I always try to find recipes where I can slip some veggies in undetected.
I’ve found a bunch of kid-approved favourites over the years so I thought I’d share one of the recipes that packs a lot of goodness into a delicious snack. These are Carrot Cauliflower Muffins that I found on http://www.mywholefoodlife.com. I tweaked the original recipe a bit to include the cauliflower and my kids LOVE them. I’m happy knowing that they are eating a healthy snack AND getting veggies in the process!
Carrot Cauliflower Muffins
2 Cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, or Oat Flour
1 Cup Shredded Carrot
1/2 Cup Shredded Cauliflower
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
2 Flax Eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips (the recipe calls for raisins but I just read “chocolate chips” anytime I see that word!)
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix them together and add chocolate chips (raisins).
Spoon batter into lined or greased muffin tin and bake for 10 -12 minutes.