Hiding Fruits And Veggies And Other Mysteries

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During the month of October, we spend a lot of time deciding on costumes and counting down to the day we head out and guess the identities of everyone around us.

And my kids love a good mystery.

From What are we having for dinner? to How did I get inside your tummy?there is never (ever) a shortage of questions happening around our house.

And for the most part, I'm happy to answer—if I think it's okay for them to know.

Sometimes it means I'm giving a simple, We're having food for dinner(insert child-sized eye rolls), and sometimes it means I'm reading an age-appropriate book about the birds and the bees. 

Last week a nutritionist friend of mine asked parents about hiding fruits and veggies (especially for picky eaters). She wanted to know which camp we fell into, when it comes to disclosing the ingredients in the food we feed our kids.

I feel it's okay (and even important) for my kids to know what they're eating and why it is or isn't beneficial for their well-being. And often times, I'll tell or show them (while preparing it), even when they haven't asked.

Saying that, each kid has definite preferences for certain fruits and veggies and how they or aren't cooked, and none of those preferences align completely with the preferences of their siblings (because that would be too easy). Because of that, I do tend to look for and use recipes that make "hiding" fruits and veggies a possibility. 

Although they are well aware there is pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, or chick peas in their food, their taste buds are none the wiser. And that means they're much more likely to eat it. 

If you're looking for some new inspiration, here are some of my tried and true recipes:

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese
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Chick pea

{Photo and recipe by: Begin With Nutrition}

In the spirit of mystery, we are also add to the excitement of October by indulging in some mystery-inspired series on Netflix.

For the little one of the house (who is working very hard on her letters and numbers) that means: Blues Cluesand Busytown Mysteries.

Spy Kids

For the older kids, it's: Spy Kids.

And for whole family fun, we took advantage of the newly released: Scooby Doo Live.

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What about you? Is October a month of mysteries at your house?

Are you hiding fruits and veggies in your kids' food? 

I would love to hear about your favourite recipes, too. 


Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works through Elan.Works and is a designer and content editor at GenderAvenger. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman's Day, and Flow magazines and at TEDxRegina and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.