It is not that helpful to hide vegetables in kid’s food:
It is helpful: You can mix pureed spinach in a spaghetti sauce and watch your child finish it up fast. As they just had a whole plate of spinach which was untouched last week. They won’t even notice, and you will breather a satisfaction. It is really the truth.
It is very beneficial to hide the food in kid’s meal which has a short term effect. Kids usually get most wanted nutrients and a bowl of vegetables at the mealtime. And you will be satisfied to know that your kid had something green in a meal, though it was not known to your kid.
This is all about the short-term benefits, but what about the benefits which are going to be the long-term, it is not that your kid will have a pureed cauliflower when he will go to school and college. Pureed vegetables are not teaching your kids how to eat vegetables, as you are hiding them in something of their likings. It is important that your children must learn how to eat a whole meal and enjoying it. It will take time; say months or even years for some kids. It is obvious that when your children will find out the fact that what you were hiding in their food, then they may get angry and sad. For that, your children should have a faith in you and they should not be investigating what are you going to serve them in a meal every time.
You need to face many challenges around you as a parent. In case of my son, he wishes to have one or two bites of broccoli in dinner rather than serving it after pureeing with cookies.
So, it is recommended, that if you wish to make zucchini cake, spinach smoothies, black bean brownies, or pasta sauce, then do not hesitate to prepare it at all. It is just that make your kids aware of the thing that what is actually inside or even encourage them to make it with you as well. It is for sure that, they will enjoy the fact that how veggies change in food in different manners. But at the end, you must always ask for whole vegetables and snacks at the mealtime every time. Every mother hates mess after their toddler’s mealtime, for that you can use baby placemat which keeps your baby away from the mess.
And be aware of the different processed food like pasta sauce, noodles, and crackers in which there are hidden vegetables. As there exists a huge effect n serving this food as a meal, these kind of food contain extra sodium, artificial ingredients, and sugar. Even due to the processing, this food even lacks fiber and their nutrient content as well while processing.
So think before you serve some processed food to your kid as they are hazardous for their health. So, make sure that your kid eats the best food though it is pureed or whole vegetables. Make healthy, feed healthy to your kids always!