One of the easiest ways to increase the amount of veggies your toddler is eating (even during busy weeks!) is to simply serve them more often—starting with the first meal of the day. This not only builds in a buffer if intake trails off as the day goes on, but it can be easier for your toddler to be brave about trying new or more challenging foods at the start of the day when they're fresh, rather than tired from a full day of activities in the evening.
This can also be a nice confidence boost for the parents, so you're not relying totally on lunch and dinner to get a days worth of produce into the kids!
10 favorite ways to serve veggies for breakfast
- Add a few slices of zucchini to a smoothie.
- Add a few piece of cauliflower to a smoothie.
- Top plain yogurt with roasted butternut squash cubes.
- Stir roasted, mashed sweet potato or pumpkin into a batch of overnight oats.
- Stir roasted, mashed sweet potato into oatmeal.
- Try carrot muffins or pumpkin muffins or blueberry zucchini muffins.
- Offer quickly steamed carrots or peas with scrambled eggs.
- Tuck leftover veggies into omelets or egg muffins
- Make Sweet Spinach Pancakes or Super Green Muffins.
- Spread roasted and mashed winter squash on toast, with or without nut butter.