Getting kids to eat fruits & veggies
I'd like to report that Project 'hide vitamins', the pancake episode was a smashing success!
I have a terrible time getting Everett to eat vegetables and Truman to eat fruit. For some reason, fruit straight-up in any guise seems yucky to Truman, though he'll eat a varied diet, happily munching on pita chips with cilantro-pecan dip or bites of my veggie-licious lentils. Everett, on the other hand, suspiciously reviews every dish for telltale signs of greenery or onions (though I've lately convinced him that spinach in chicken soup or noodles is great for his muscles). Still, the battle continues and often I'm left convincing myself that, after all, we're omnivores and the chicken and beef they'll happily eat has a few vitamins, at least.
Today I decided to renew my effort to hide fruits and veggies in their food. Recipe one: pancakes with carrot juice and mashed bananas. It was such a success that both plates were clean before the second pancake had even finished frying. Here's my recipe:
- 1 cup flour (next time, it will be whole wheat)
- 1 tbsp sugar (you could probably go without sugar)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Mix together in medium-sized bowl. In another medium bowl, mash:
- 1 very ripe banana
And, with a whisk or fork, mix in:
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3-4 tbsp carrot juice
Add to flour mixture and mix only until blended and still lumpy (you'll want to have made sure your banana was well-mushed in the second step). Heat non-stick skillet or cast-iron griddle (my choice) to medium-high, and add a small pat of butter or vegetable oil. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto griddle; flip when pancakes start to make bubbles and cook for about a minute more. Serve with a bit more butter and maple syrup.
[Note: that photo is from the Arleta Library Bakery Cafe, another day... they have yummy healthy breakfast too!]