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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 21, 2020

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

          Why You Need a Vision

          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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          How to Create Your Life Vision

          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

          What Do You Want?

          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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          Some tips to guide you:

          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
          • Give yourself permission to dream.
          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

          Some questions to start your exploration:

          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
          • What qualities would you like to develop?
          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
          • What would you most like to accomplish?
          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

          A few prompts to get you started:

          • What will you have accomplished already?
          • How will you feel about yourself?
          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
          • What does your ideal day look like?
          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
          • What would you be doing?
          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
          • How are you dressed?
          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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          Plan Backwards

          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
          • What important actions would you have had to take?
          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

          Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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