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Vegetables: Incognito

April 8, 2009

smoothie1I have recently devised a trick for the effortless consumption of vegetables, and I am now happily picking spinach out of my toddler’s teeth. Just yesterday he  ate an entire broccoli floret. This is remarkable considering his lineage. It was a few broccoli spears that once kept his father sitting at the dinner table until 10 p.m. The answer, my friends, is smoothies.

Every morning I blend up:

1 fresh or frozen banana (microwave first as it is surprisingly difficult to peel a frozen banana)
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1/4 cup of yogurt (see this post for how to make yogurt in a slow cooker)
1/8 cup of baby cereal
1/2 cup or more of any liquid you choose (milk, water, juice -though the fruit makes it sweet enough)

I don’t actually measure these things but I’m providing numerical quantities for those people who are made uncomfortable by terms like “a dollop” or “a couple of glugs”.

You can also substitute any of the fruits for whatever you have on hand. Our freezer just happens to have been colonized by frozen bananas.  (Frozen Bananas also have a strong flavor which aids in the vegtable cover-up.)

Then add any kind of cooked/soft vegetable of your choosing. A few ideas:

Broccoli: Chop up and microwave on high for a couple of minutes.
Spinach: I use the chopped frozen stuff. Just defrost and throw it in.
Carrots: Chop and nuke
Zucchini: Not a vegetable but James sure thinks it is. Also chop and nuke.
Avocado: Again, fruit disguised as vegetable.
Green Beans: Cook the fresh ones until very soft or use canned.

You could also add lentils or any kind of soft beans.

It ends up looking disgusting and nutritious (picture “farm in a glass”) .  Make sure it’s a thin enough consistency to suck through a sippy cup if that’s your preferred method of delivery. James usually finishes it all over the course of the day. And by “finish” I mean that approximately half ends up on his shirt/hands/hair/carpet etc.

Be forewarned that smoothies are not the answer to everything. I once made my husband a toast smoothie for breakfast during a painful bout of canker sores. It tasted like toast. In smoothie format. Not good.

Leave a comment if you have any other ideas or suggestions for the covert delivery of vegetables in the presence of a discerning toddler palate.

For more things that work, see Works for Me Wednesday at the blog We are THAT Family.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2009 12:19 pm

    So funny that I’ve linked back to this post of mine twice today, but…

    http://muddybootsblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/better-day-and-more-green-goodness.html

    See how my 2 year old eats HIS green smoothies. The ONLY way, really.

    And if you haven’t tried it, I use 5-6 HUGE handfuls of spinach in each blender-full of smoothie. You can’t taste it.

  2. wherelifebecomesart permalink
    April 10, 2009 8:58 am

    I am definitely going to try this mixed with your other commentors advice..Popsicles. I’m gonna be the coolest mom ever soon…lol.

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