My child will not eat vegetables…is happily not something I get to say now! If you too struggle to get greens and other vital vegetables / vitamins and minerals into your children then I am hoping that the information in this post can help you.
This method saved my dinner time meal problems bringing much joy It may not get a 10/10 for presentation but that really does not matter if your kids are actually eating foods like Spinach, Cabbage, Beetroot and other essential veg! Its proven in the abundance of common knowledge and nutritional information out there that we need our veg and more importantly our dark leafy greens to obtain the nutrients needed to live strong but with so many sugar / artificial additive infused foods so readily available and highly promoted its easy to see why our kids opt for those and say nah to the veg. Albeit I wasn’t about to give up on trying and I certainly wasn’t turning back. After the marvelous discovery of potato cakes I found an even simpler way to achieve this goal. It comes in the form of a richly flavoursome mash! Genius! I didn’t attempt it before as until the legendary potato cakes my boys wouldn’t eat mash but now they call for man sized portions at least twice a week. The good thing with this way of cooking is not only can it all be done in 1 pot (if you have one large enough), each time different vegetables can be used and your heart can be filled with contentment knowing your child is eating so much needed goodness, the bonus is they will truly love it and they wont even know they are eating veg, cheeky mum! This method stands strong for adding all sorts of ingredients you want your children eating, as in the potato cakes, Moringa Leaf powder is used, I have also used a Hemp version just with the potatoes before and it worked well. I no longer use eggs for the cakes instead I use a baking powder mix. Both the cakes and the mash are excellent ways to ensure optimum health reaches children.
I have adapted the mash base for adding any vegetables or powders to and it has never failed with my children.
The base ingredients are Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and butter. The garlic and onions give such an inviting aroma and taste that the kids don’t notice the other vegetables that are added. Adding some coconut oil in place of dairy butter and almond milk (recipe available at https://peacecrafting.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/homemade-almond-milk-with-a-roar/ – enjoy) can really cream things up too, it boosts calcium intake as well as saving the cows!
The method is so simple, boil / steam the potatoes with or without the other selected ingredients in the same pot. Mash the potato. Then use a blender to really mash up all the other veg (use a little cool water in the blender to get it mixing), combine the lot, allow it to cool and serve. Problem solved! You can then add eggs or flour and proceed to bake in the oven to crisp the top. My children love it both ways! Get in!
I can understand this may not be a suitable way for your family to cook or eat due to allergies or lack of a blender but please do not worry as our friends at Nature’s Plus have devised a beautiful range of vegan, gluten and sugar free vitamin / mineral animal shaped energy supplements (the kids really think they are sweets and in truthfulness they are, the healthiest ones out there!), they are a real hit. The ones we use are Animal Parade. They are assorted flavours and they are a multi – vitamin and mineral giving an all round boost containing vital nutrients difficult to obtain. They are superbly crafted and the detailing is perfect, the boys love picking which animals to have for the day and the colours add variety, they are naturally sweet smelling and tasting from the fruit and many of the ingredients are over 100% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance). If your child is really fussy or just will not eat, giving him 2 of these a day will settle your nerves as you know he’s getting some goodness and it will keep him going with healthy body and healthy mind.
Please let me know how these methods go for you by commenting below or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck 🙂