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How to get your kids to eat vegetables, for Breakfast

April 30, 2006

As I’ve stated before, kids don’t come with a manual. Most don’t like to eat vegetables either…there are a few exceptions, but by and large it’s a fair statement. It’s our job as parents to make sure that they eat well and have a balanced diet. I’ve read you should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. This is tough enough for an a adult, let alone a child.

I developed this idea and built upon it with great success with my kids and even their picky friends. I hide the vegetables in pancakes and once the syrup goes on, they don’t mind eating it. I took the idea even farther to include other healthy things. Here is the recipe.

3/4 cup wheat flour

3/4 cup self rising flour

3-4 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup oatbran

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup flax seed (good source of omega 3 and 6)

3 tablespoons of smart balance (better than butter, no trans fats)

equivalent of 2 eggs from egg beaters (lower colesterol)

1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cinnamon

2 cups skim milk

1 cup applesauce

1 shredded carrot

1 shredded zucchini

1 shredded yellow squash

1 cup chopped pecans or your favorite nuts. chop very fine as it is hard to cook with big pieces

Note: you can use a food processor to grind up the vegetables very fine, you don’t want any chunks. You can use any veggies you want, as long as you shred them finely.
Cooking notes. It takes longer to cook these than regular pancakes. This recipe also makes enough for the 182nd airborne division, but what I do is freeze 4 of them in sandwich bags for quick breakfasts during the week. If you separate them on a plate and microwave for 2:30 minutes, they are as good as freshly cooked and an easy meal for rushed mornings.

When you pour them on the pan, you must smooth them around as the nuts and veggies will lump in the middle and it won’t cook evenly.

Give your kid a banana or some fruit and you’ve got 2 of the 5 servings knocked out before school and you know that you’ve given them a healthy start to the day. BTW, they taste great and you never taste the veggies.

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3 Comments
  1. good thinking. we’ll try and train the boy to eat well anyway, but these pancakes sounds delicious, never mind healthy.

  2. What impact does grinding everything finely have on nutrition? I read somewhere that the more surface area you expose the more nutrients you lose during cooking.

  3. Kids don’t like to eat big chunks of veggies for breakfast, or anytime for that matter. The key here is to get them nutrition over time, one meal is not the panacea for health…if you can be consistent with their diet, it’s better than mcmeals or chocolate frosted sugar bombs for breakfast….you just have to do your best as a parent.

    keep plugging away

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