How to Raise a Healthy Eater (in a Junk-Food World)

7 Super-Easy Side Dishes Kids Love

  • One-inch cubes of sweet potato tossed with cinnamon and sugar, coated with vegetable cooking spray, and roasted in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F
  • Steamed carrots with carrot juice and orange zest
  • Steamed zucchini with grated parmesan and olive oil
  • Peas and corn tossed with lightly buttered orzo
  • Brussels sprouts quartered, steamed, and tossed with lemon juice and a little butter
  • Spinach tossed and wilted in garlic-flavored olive oil
  • Steamed broccoli florets tossed with Asian ginger dressing and topped with sesame seeds

Stealth Health

When veggies go incognito, your child can get his daily servings without a fight. Here are some sneaky serving solutions that can really add up.

Finely Chopped

Try: Carrots, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, and onions
Add to: Pasta sauce, homemade salsa, lasagna, rice, and soups


Try: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes
Add to: Mashed potatoes, pasta sauce, soups, and gravies


Try: Zucchini, carrots, potatoes, and squash
Add to: Muffins, quick breads, casseroles, meatballs, and hamburgers

Vegetable Juices

Try: Store-bought tomato juice or vegetable-blend juice, or make your own with tomatoes, carrots, celery, spinach, and other vegetables
Add to: Smoothies, soups, sauces, meat loaf, and marinades

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