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A Smooth Solution to Picky Eating

July 9, 2012

Do you struggle with getting your child to eat veggies every day? Any and all parents out there most likely have experienced the difficulties associated with picky eaters. Oftentimes, vegetables are considered enemies to young children because of their unique tastes. However, the key to reducing picky eating is finding interesting and engaging ways to present veggies to kids. One such way is to incorporate vegetables in snacks and meals that kids already love so that they can develop positive associations to new vegetables. By experiencing a positive first contact with a vegetable, children may be more willing to sample that vegetable in the future.

Smoothies provide a great cover for vegetables because the fruits included in them give a sweet flavor. Because of this, smoothies are perfect for nutritious greens, such as collards.  Collard greens are great sources of many vitamins and minerals, and they are rather easy to grow at home. Typically harvested in the fall, these greens are used in many southern American recipes. Children, however, may not be drawn to the slightly bitter taste of these leaves and may prefer a sweeter snack.  Try incorporating this vegetable into a smoothie made with fruit. Neither you nor your child will be able to tell it’s there!

Here is a recipe for using collard greens in smoothies:

Collard Green Smoothie

1 large ripe banana

2 cups fresh collard greens

1 cup blueberries, frozen

¼ cup strawberries, frozen

1 cup pure water

Pour water into a blender. Add the banana by placing it close to the blade. Add the remaining ingredients on top, and blend the contents until smooth.

You may also substitute frozen blueberries and strawberries with fresh varieties. This is great idea for when these fruits are in season! In order to make the smoothie cool and refreshing, add a few ice cubes to the blender.

Make sure to also let your picky eater know about the good things inside this smoothie so that he or she may be more inclined to try these ingredients in the future! You and your family may be surprised to see how easy it is to eat food that is both healthy and delicious. Here are some nutrition facts about this tasty treat:

BANANA-This fruit is full of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Also, bananas have prebiotics, which help good bacteria in your digestive system to grow!

BLUEBERRIES– Blueberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, which help protect your body from disease.

STRAWBERRIES– Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. One serving of strawberries actually has more vitamin C than an orange!

COLLARD GREENS– Collard greens are full of vitamins A, C, and K, and they are great sources of fiber in the diet. Collard greens are low in calories and help lower cholesterol levels.

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