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Sneaking Vegetables Into Your Child's Food

Are You For or Against Sneaking Veggies Into Children's Food?

Do kids need to know every ingredient in a dish? This is a hot topic among parents so we asked two well-respected women in the kiddie food field to chime in! Children's cookbook author and mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld has made a name for herself by adding veggie purees to recipes in her books, Deceptively Delicious and Double Delicious. She said, "If I'm using an egg, if I'm using flour, what's the big deal about putting sweet potato in the waffle?"

Kiddie chef Catherine McCord, founder of Weelicious and mother of two believes that tots should not only know what's in their food, but be involved in its preparation. She said, "The most exciting thing about becoming a good eater is learning about where foods come from — their tastes, textures, appearances, and smells." To sneak or not to sneak, where do you stand on this edible issue?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I'd only do it after I've unsuccessfully tried introducing it several times.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Where's the middle ground option? You can be completely up front about what is "hiding" in the food and still have it in there. You can try to get them to like a food in its natural state, but even adults do fancy things to veggies to make them more palatable. There's nothing wrong with that!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I don't think there's anything wrong with slipping fruits or veggies into something they are eating anyway to give them extra nutrients BUT I don't think sneaking veggies in LIEU of having them actually learn why the 5 food groups are good for you and actually making them ingest regular fruits and veggies. if you do nothing but trick them they will think mashed potatoes are great for you and there's no need to ever eat cauliflower in their lives and that is not benefitting them.
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