4 sneaky ways I get my toddlers to eat veggies

January 12, 2016

My kids haven’t yet developed a taste for kale {sigh}. In fact, the only vegetable they will consistently eat is broccoli. When I present them with my hard work, it often gets thrown on the floor. We’re working on that.


Little do they know I hide their veggies in many unsuspecting ways. I know, I know…I shouldn’t try to conceal them. They should learn to love the taste. But, when you are tired of the battle and you want to WIN, then you do what you have to. Amiright?

So, here are 4 sneaky ways I get my littles to eat up the veg:


1. Throw it in a smoothie – You can hide all sorts of delicious and nutritious vegetables when you throw in a banana and some milk. This is my favorite recipe. I’ve also been known to toss in sweet potatoes, peas, and squash in other blends. When the girls want something sweet, I will add 1 – 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. My kids have a smoothie for breakfast every.single.day. It makes me feel a bit better knowing they at least started the day with some greens. I received the Nutribullet RX for Christmas (LOVE!!) and it has been life-changing. Super easy to use and the cleanup is a breeze.


2. Smoother it in butter – Let’s be honest: anything in butter is good. And, contrary to popular belief, butter IS good for you. It’s an especially good source of fat for growing kids. Broccoli, peas, spinach, Brussel sprouts, and peppers are all great sautéed in butter. Ghee or coconut oil are great alternatives if you want to go dairy-free.


3. Blend it into a sauce – Have you tried to puree vegetables into your sauce? It’s easy to disguise carrots, spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes in a red sauce. Serve it with some rice or zucchini noodles and you have yourself a nutrient dense dish. I recently discovered the Sneaky Chef sauce at Target and I’m hooked. It’s so good! It’s packed with lots of veggies, zero added sugar, and it tastes great.

sneaky chef sauce

4. Get your dip on – Remember how much fun dipping was a child? Me either, but my kids seriously love it. I don’t quite understand it, but they look really proud when they dip something. So, try cutting up carrots and celery and serving them with some nut butter, honey mustard sauce, or guacamole.


If all of these fail then just sit down with your meal (which will obviously include greens) and wait for your kids to surround you like scavengers. I can’t remember the last time I ate without a toddler on my lap.


Honestly, I know things will change. The girls will see how Matt and I cook and eat. We will share our love of real food with them and they will understand. I get excited when I think about cooking with the girls, visiting the farmer’s market on the weekends, and prepping holiday meals together.

girls eating

Do you have any tips on how to get your kids to eat their veggies? I’d love to hear about it.



  1. Indian spinach was a hit with our little ones whey they were little. And for our spicy dude….any veggie in hot sauce. We also have a rule that you cannot leave the table without eating at least one of the presented green veggies…but yours are not yet in the negotiable stage 🙂
    I am going to try that sauce you recommended. I am sure it has less sugar that what I get on a regular basis.
    One last tip – start your own garden. My daughter LOVES eating things we grow, plus she see the veggies from start to finish. She literally eats the sugar snap and snow peas right off the vine!

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