Wednesday: Mid Week Ramblings—Vegetables

October 29th, 2008 in Health, Wednesday: Mid Week Ramblings

It has been a little hard for me to get my daughters to eat their vegetables other than at dinner. I have finally found a couple of things that seem to work and put my mind at ease.

Breakfast

Carrot Juice, start it when they are young in their sippy. Get them to love the taste of Carrot Juice because it is fantastic for them. I am so glad I started buying Bolthouse’s 3-pack of Carrot Juice at my local warehouse store when my daughter started drinking cow’s milk, she has learned it is her breakfast drink. Carrot juice is naturally rich in powerful antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin A from alpha-carrotene and beta-carrotene. It is a natural source of potassium and is fat and cholesterol free.

Now I mix it with Pomegranate juice which gives it a fun color and a little bit of sweetness.

Fritters are another breakfast item I use to make sure we eat enough vegetables. I grate zucchini and other vegetables and mix it with an egg and a cup of pancake mix. I form them into patties and cook them in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Lunch

Roasted and Pureed Butternut Squash frozen into ice cubes is something I always have on hand. I mix cut up cheese, cracked pepper and two thawed cubes of squash and grill it up on some multi grain bread like a grilled cheese! I don’t think my kids know what a regular grilled cheese tastes like :)

“Pasta” Spaghetti Squash is a weekly meal in my home which we eat as leftovers the next day for lunch. Spaghetti Squash is so yummy. You have to give it a try! I cut it in half season it with olive oil, salt and pepper, cover it with foil and roast it high for an hour in the oven. Simply start pulling with your fork on the flesh and it turns into “pasta!’ I saute up some bell pepper, onion and whatever other veggie I have on hand and add it in. To make it extra yummy just add a tiny bit of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.

I still am in need of ideas to squeeze veggies into my daughter’s Breakfast and Lunches other than the normal cut up raw veggies. Which there is nothing wrong with! :)

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