One clever trick is to pair veggies with flavors and ingredients your family already love. Stuff zucchini with bacon and cheese and you have a new fav. Do your kids love tacos? Add diced peppers. Is Friday pizza night? Top their favorite pepperoni pie with thin eggplant slices .
Rather than eliminating sweet treats altogether, bake better-for-you versions that help keep cravings in check. Increase fiber by swapping white whole wheat flour for all-purpose. Use fresh fruit where possible instead of canned. This adds natural sweetness and cuts a significant amount of added sugar.
When it’s time to kick the soda habit, head to the kitchen. To make homemade soda, pair a flavored seltzer with fresh fruit and fruit juice. It’s far healthier and has the added benefit of being customizable. Go to the Savory recipe center to get this BLACKBERRY-LEMON SPARKLERS recipe.
Want to get your family to try new foods? Start with favorites and then introduce foods with similar tastes and textures.
• If they like carrots, try jicama or bell pepper.
• If they like peas, try shelled edamame.
• If they like peanut butter, try almond butter or sunflower butter.
• If they like French fries, try sweet potato oven fries.