3 Creative Ways to Get Your Kid to Eat their Greens

3 Creative Ways to Get Your Kid to Eat their Greens

Most kids aren’t big fans of green vegetables once they’ve passed the pureed baby food stages of life. In order to prove to myself that I’m a mom who makes an effort, I’ve found some sneaky ways to work them into our diet.

Here are my 3 Tips and Easy Recipes:

3 creative ways to get your kid to eat their greens

1. Make a green drink

I admit, the idea of salad in a blender didn’t appeal to me at first, my kid isn’t the only one who is resistant to vegetables. Maybe it’s all my fault for eating too many donuts when I was pregnant with him. Finally, I broke down and tried it after hearing from other moms the wonder of getting kids to eat greens in a smoothie.

You can use kale (if you’re brave and like bitter things) or spinach (which I prefer because of the milder flavor). Experiment with the amount of spinach, I have found that too much can ruin it, a little goes a long way. Also, banana or super sweet fruit is the key to masking the flavor of the greens.

These two recipes make one adult serving or two small servings for kids.

Smoothie Recipe #1: Green Chocolate Milkshake

Half a frozen banana

A handful of spinach

1 T of peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1 T of cocoa powder

1 t of maple syrup

½ cup of milk (more or less depending on desired thickness)

Smoothie Recipe #2: Sweet Green Monster

½ of a frozen banana

A handful of spinach

¼ cup of pineapple

¼ cup of frozen strawberries

1 T of orange juice concentrate

½ cup of water

2. Green Mashed Potatoes

Boil four large potatoes or half potatoes and half cauliflower

Saute half a bag of spinach, add a little garlic and onion to it if you’re feeling fancy.

Puree this mixture in the food processor.

Instead of spinach, you can also boil half broccoli and half potatoes if you prefer.

Add spinach to the potatoes

Add 2-4 T of butter and ¼-1/3 cup of milk

Mash all together. Use a Kitchen-Aid, hand mixer or hand held masher.

3. Red Light, Green Light Pasta

Add sautéed, pureed spinach to a jar of your favorite pasta sauce.

Stir it into some whole grain, high protein or gluten-free penne pasta

Once it’s done, if you put a blind-fold on your kiddo, he won’t even know there is anything different about the sauce. If not and he sees the green you can tell him it’s spinach or just say “spices”.

There you have it, folks! These have all been kid-tested and approved in my house. That said, every kid is different, so results may vary. You can always use these ideas to get a jump start and experiment with your own recipe making. When it comes to smoothies in particular, there are so many things to try.

A good way to get children excited to eat this stuff is to have them help make it. My son puts the spinach in the blender and pours in the water. Then some magic voodoo happens that makes him want to try what he’s made. He’s even started saying, “can we have lettuce in our smoothie?”

Bon Appetit!

If you have good tips for getting kids to eat more greens, feel free to share in the comments section. I’m always looking for new things to try.

Post written by Melissa Uhles

Melissa is a freelance writer-for-hire and the author of three novels and a children’s picture book. She’s co-founder and writer for Pen and Parent. In addition, she’s been published online at The Pennyhoarder, Rage Against the Minivan, and Red Tricycle. To find out more, you can visit her blog here https://penandparent.com/

7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized

7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized

Have you ever walked into a Kindergarten classroom and marveled at how, even with 25 little ones who are new to this school thing can be so focused, organized and tidy with only one teacher (maybe two) while at home your two trash the place in 30 seconds flat the minute your back is turned?

Early elementary teachers have a host of tricks up their sleeves!

Table Trash Bins 

When littles are doing crafts that require cutting out, have a container in the middle of the table for them to put their trash in. It doesn’t need to be big, a 3-4 cup ‘Tupperware” is fine.  But they likely have one in the classroom and they are used to keeping things tidy there – use this to keep them tidy at home

The Colored Clip-Person On The Board

Ever look in a kindergarten classroom and see various colors of clip-people on the board holding different things, or just hanging out waiting. They all have a purpose.  The kids all know what the purpose is.  For example, the red one may hold work that the class did yesterday so if you were out, look at the clip for what you need to do.  The white one may hold the envelopes of lunch money so if you have lunch money go clip it with everyone else’s….etc.  Get a clip-person and put it on the fridge.  Tell the kids this is where they have to clip their permission slips so that you will see them and sign them.  Remind everyone before/after dinner “slips are all on the clip yes?”

Do Now Activity 

In most classrooms, up through High School you will see these written on the board.  The kids enter the classroom and immediately look to the Do Now to see what they have to do on entering the room.  The hit their seats and immediately pull out the materials for the Do Now and get to work.  The teacher now has 5 minutes to get things together for the class!  Give them a “Do Now” fun activity while they sit at the restaurant table and wait for meals to be served. They will quickly get used to the routine. It can be as simple as a plain piece of paper and crayons and ask them to draw a specific thing (frog, chicken…).

Picture Chart

Create a picture chart for the morning routine (or any time of day routine that you need to get through). In all classrooms, you will see a chart that shows how to write a book report or how to’s for all kinds of other things.  If you have the same morning/evening routine every day have the kids help you create a poster that shows all the steps in order.  Number them too so they have another opportunity to learn their numbers.  

The Classroom Helper Board

Kids love to help out. Classrooms have the “classroom helper” board and pins, pegs, or sticks to show who is assigned each particular task that week.  Use this system to rotate chores between kids or if there are things that the kids often fight over.

Use Command Hooks

These are great to place things at kids’ height. This allows you to move things up as they grow.  If they can’t reach the hook to hang their coats then the coat is going straight on the floor.  

7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized
7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized

Sarah Moore is a business strategist who turns women business owners into CEOs.  She has over 20 years’ experience of slaying chaos in the corporate world as well as at home as a single mom to two, now mostly grown daughters. To learn more about Sarah you can visit her Facebook page here.

3 Reasons You Need A Routine

3 Reasons You Need A Routine

Hey there lovely!

I made a You Tube video, well it was a FB live, then a You Tube Video, then it’s here for easy sharing! I hope you enjoy!

In this video I talk about the three areas of life where you need a routine. I hope this is helpful to you and your family.

Home: cleaning and meal planning (put your home a schedule)

Life: relationships (schedule time with loved ones)

Biz: office hours + automate where you can + document processes to free up brain space

Please let me know in the comments what you may need help with when it comes to being consistent in your routine and which area of life you need help with. This will help let me know what to create more of for you!