Joining me today is the lovely Missy Chase Lapine! Many of you may know Missy as "The Sneaky Chef." I discovered Missy when she published her New York Times best-selling cookbook The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals. Her brilliant trick for sneaking veggies into picky eaters' diets is one I use to this day.
The basis of The Sneaky Chef cookbook is to cook, puree, and freeze different combinations of fruits and veggies. Then, as needed, they are pulled out of the freezer and mixed into the recipes Missy provides in her book. And though Missy's cookbook is not gluten-free, dairy-free or egg-free, I feel the concepts she uses can be applied to a diet that is.
Following wild success with her cookbook, Missy has branched out to create some tasty products for purchase. This week we tried two of them and loved 'em both—especially The Sneaky Chef Pasta Smooth Red Pasta Sauce and all its hidden veggie goodness. I don't know about your kids, but mine like theirs chunk-free, and this red sauce fits the bill!
Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Veggies
Missy has two children of her own so she knows how trying to get kids to eat healthy and nutritious meals can be an uphill battle. If dinner is a struggle for you and your family, here are four of Missy's tips for getting kids to eat veggies so you can all enjoy the time around the table.
TIP #1 Don't plead, beg, threaten or bribe kids to eat anything.
This will only result in a power struggle. The less you show them that you care about what they are eating, the more likely they will try the healthy foods you secretly want them to eat!
TIP #2 Shh, don't tell them it's healthy!
For reasons I cannot begin to understand, when children know something is good for them, they think it can't possibly taste good, even if it really does!
TIP #3 "Hide" healthy foods in kids' favorite meals.
Yes, this is the exact premise of The Sneaky Chef method, books and food line because it's a successful win/win approach for both parents and kids. Just make sure your sneaky additions are fairly bland-tasting and similar in color to the food it's hiding in, so your kids don't notice. For example, puree cauliflower and zucchini and mix it into a cheese sauce for mac 'n cheese. Or use The Sneaky Chef Smooth Red Pasta Sauce for pizzas, pasta, lasagna and more—it contains eight completely hidden veggies and a taste everyone will love!
TIP #4 Sneak + Teach!
Now that your family is eating Veggies Tonight, Without a Fight™, be sure to use this opportunity to teach proper nutrition. Serve those beautiful green veggies in their natural state, alongside the sneaky dishes. Now that the pressure is off and you have peace at the family dinner table, your kids will be more receptive to learning and trying new, nutritious foods!
This Giveaway is Now Closed
Congratulations Karibeth ... you are the winner!
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Giveaway closes April 19, 2013 @ 5:00 pm PST.
This post is sponsored by The Sneaky Chef® but the opinions are my own!