Practical Solutions for Picky Eaters

Tips on how to sneak fruits and vegetables into your favorite family dishes.

We know we need to eat our vegetables — we also know that can be easier said than done sometimes.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a key to good health and helps ward off heart disease and stroke, controls blood pressure, and helps prevent some types of cancer. The latest dietary guidelines call for five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, depending on your daily caloric intake. However, the average American consumes just three servings of fruits or vegetables a day.

But eating well isn’t always easy or convenient. Busy schedules and picky eaters can seem like daunting obstacles on the road to healthier eating. Fortunately, we’ve found some sneaky ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your family’s favorite meals — picky eater approved!

183469987_pancakesFlourless Banana Pancakes
In a food processer, combine 2 eggs and 1 banana until smooth. Add cinnamon to taste. Heat coconut oil in a skillet. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture in the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve with maple syrup, peanut butter or fresh berries. Makes approximately 6 pancakes.Source: The Skinny Confidential
466090625_burgerSpinach Burgers  
In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey and 10 ounces of chopped spinach (frozen, thawed and drained). Season to taste and grill or broil until burgers reach at least medium doneness.Source: JoyBauer.com
452718801_CauliflowerMashCauliflower and Potato Mash
In your favorite mashed potato recipe, replace 1/3 of the potatoes with steamed cauliflower. Mash and season as usual.

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