The Berry-Beet Smoothie Experiment
A while back I was read blogs and a mom mentioned they were having beets for dinner. And her kids liked them!! My reaction was admiringly, “WOW” because I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t go too well over at my house. I mean, I can barely get my kids to eat cheese-covered broccoli or carrots swimming in ranch. Yes, the healthy foods/veggie thing is a constant battle for me.
Behind the scenes at OAMM we work a month ahead, and so as I was preparing for the May menu I noticed beets are a seasonal vegetable. My brain cogs started turning as I remembered that supermom and I thought, maybe it would be a good opportunity to come up with a recipe with beets so that I can introduce the new food to my family! Because, really, honestly, I don’t know how beets would go over–we’ve never tried them. And I’m willing to try everything, at least once.
I decided a good way to introduce the veg might be sneaky-chef style in a smoothie, with something else dark red to mask the color (and maybe flavor?). I went with strawberries–another seasonal produce–and breakfast seemed like a great time to test it out.
This is how well it went over.
Time to break out the breakfast cookies. Honestly, I could barely make it through one swallow myself because the smoothie tasted like dirt. So, I guess I’ll need to do a bit more experimenting if I’m hoping to make strawberry-beet smoothies a favorite around here!
I’m DEFINITELY intrigued with the idea of sneaking more veggies into my kids’ diets though, and smoothies are an easy way to go, so I’m not giving up completely. One of my friends swears by spinach smoothies, and “orange” smoothies have been popular with my kids in the past.
So, what about you? Have you been successful sneaking veggies into your kids’ diets? Do tell!!
And what about beets? Do I have hope?