Although promoting a healthy diet from a young age and encouraging your child to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables is important, the reality is your picky eater will refuse to try out new textures, colors, or flavors that they’re not used to. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your child’s nutrition though, you can cleverly hide nutritious ingredients in your kid’s favorite meals and they won’t even notice!

Add veggies to meatballs or kofta
Your kid probably loves spaghetti and meatballs, and sneaking in some veggies into the meatballs will boost the nutritional profile of their meal without them knowing. Shredded carrots, mushrooms, and/or zucchinis work best for this particular recipe.

Make a secret green smoothie
Yes, children can enjoy green smoothies too! If your little one is put off by the green colored smoothie you try to serve him, just make it as normal as possible but add a handful of blueberries to the mix. The strong purple color of the blueberries will completely mask the the green vegetables.

Avocado in dessert
Avocado is full of monounsaturated, good, fats that your child needs everyday to promote energy and growth. The creaminess of avocados makes it an excellent alternative to butter in desserts. Hidden avocado works particularly well in chocolate desserts since the rich chocolate flavor masks the taste of the avocado. Try making chocolate pudding, brownies, cupcakes or milkshakes with mashed avocado.

Give fries a healthy makeover
It’s no secret that children love fries, but instead of serving them greasy fried potatoes try giving traditional fries a healthy makeover by making sweet potato baked fries instead. Most children actually prefer the taste of sweet potato ‘fries’ because they are more colorful and sweeter in taste too.

Veggie Pizza Base
We love this trick so much we have dedicated a whole article specifically to it. From sweet potatoes, to cauliflower, to zucchini; pizza no longer has to be a nutritionally meaningless dish.

Veggies Ice Pops
No kid will ever turn down ice cream. By incorporating blended vegetables or vegetable juice into your homemade ice pops they’ll be getting vegetables for dessert and enjoying themselves while they’re at it. Find the recipe here.