I love healthy food. Knowing what healthy food is doing for my insides has changed the way I see and taste food. So I can understand when my 3-year-old uses his tongue to remove a vegetable from a spoonful of dinner. Why wouldn't he? Chocolate is a far more attractive option to little ones who see all foods as equal.
I know I'm not alone. I also know that for many children, eating habits are behavioral. While I may get a carrot or two on the plate the thought that my young children might eat a handful of leafy greens was laughable — until now.
Recently I made a green smoothie for myself, and on a whim decided to freeze some in Popsicle molds. I gave the Popsicles to my boys the next day, and was dumbfounded when they gobbled them up and asked for more. Over the coming days I got braver and started including fish oils, kefir and acai berries to the mix.
While hiding foods I openly love and enjoy may not be the best long-term parenting plan, I'm sure anyone with small children can appreciate my joy at watching my kids eating masses of beet greens, albeit unbeknown to them.
Here's the general method I used to get my kids eating greens: