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3 Vegetable Recipes for Kids Who Don’t Like Veggies

3 Vegetable Recipes for Kids Who Don’t Like Veggies

My daughter’s first solid food was sweet potato. As we added more foods to her baby menu, she learned to love avocado, kale, quinoa, peas, oats, broccoli, squash, and spinach. I figured I was totally winning and congratulated myself on raising such a healthy little girl. Then, she turned one and decided she wanted only pizza and quesadillas. Forever.

At some age, kids realize they have the power to make a choice in what they eat, and vegetables get a backseat to all things cracker and cheese related.

I realized very quickly that I needed to come up with some creative ways to make sure she got enough vegetables every day. While there are many ways to “sneak” in vegetables for little ones, these three recipes for kids are my favorite and make weekly appearances in our household. They are all extremely healthy, use a variety of ingredients, and are easy to make with things you probably already have on hand.

Don’t be surprised if you love them all as well! The chocolate zucchini muffins are especially delicious with your afternoon cup of coffee. Go ahead and sneak one during nap time, mama. You deserve it!

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3 Vegetable Recipes for Kids Who Don’t Like Veggies

Banana Beet Bread

I actually used this bread as my daughter’s first birthday cake. This bread can be made in mini-loaf pans or as muffins. It’s vegan and uses a combination of oat and whole wheat flours. It’s delicious with almond butter or on its own.

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    Ingredients:

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    • 2 large ripe bananas, smashed with a fork
    • 1/2 cup cooked and blended beets (I use frozen)
    • 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
    • 3 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup oat flour
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Mix the wet ingredients with the smashed bananas. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine all the ingredients together. The batter will be thick. Coat your mini loaf pan with coconut oil and fill with the batter (I usually get three mini loaves out of the batter). Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 22 minutes, or until done in the center.

    Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    These are so delicious you won’t believe they are healthy and gluten free! Your kids will love them, and they make really good lunchbox additions. They won’t know that each batch has a full cup of zucchini!

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      Ingredients:

      • 1 cup shredded raw zucchini
      • 1/2 cup almond butter
      • 1 large rip banana, mashed with a fork
      • 1 egg
      • 3 Tbsp maple syrup OR honey
      • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
      • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
      • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
      • 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
      • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
      • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional)

      Place all wet ingredients in a medium bowl and combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Spray your muffin tin liberally with a non-stick spray. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Cool completely and store.

      Broccoli Cheese Puffs

      These puffs save the day in our house when she’s refusing all other green veggies I offer. I keep a batch in the freezer and put one straight into the toaster oven for five minutes until warm. The combination of broccoli, cheese, egg and bread crumbs makes this a protein-packed and filling meal addition!

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        Ingredients:

        • 1 16 oz bag organic frozen broccoli
        • 1 cup organic shredded mozzarella cheese
        • 1 beaten egg
        • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

        Cook and drain the frozen broccoli. Place all the broccoli in a blender and blend well. Place in a medium-sized bowl and combine with all other ingredients. Shape into patties and place on a silicone-lined baking sheet. Cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Cool completely and place in a single layer in a large ziplock and move to the freezer.

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        Last Updated on January 14, 2019

        7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

        7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

        From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

        What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

        1. Take the scenic route.

        Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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        Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

        2. Distract yourself.

        No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

        3. Listen to music or podcasts.

        There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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        4. Bring a friend.

        Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

        Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

        5. Accessorize.

        There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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        For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

        6. Compete.

        A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

        7. Relax.

        The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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        With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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