Hiding Veggies in Foods

Hiding Veggies in Foods

A few weeks ago, I highlighted a recipe that encouraged “hiding” fruits and vegetables in your children’s favorite dishes (i.e. placing pureed squash in macaroni and cheese, pureed zucchini in pancakes, etc). While this is a great way to help get in your child’s 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, I found an article in the Los Angeles Times that offered some interesting insight on the role excessive “hiding” can play in your child’s food choices.

While mixing these foods into dishes does help your child develop a taste for them, doing so to the exclusion of serving the vegetable by itself can cause your child to not get used to the texture and look of these foods, leading them to exclude them when they fix their own plates.

You can find the article here.