8 Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters with Veggies and Fruits

Every mother has a tale about her child refusing to eat fruits or veggies. The struggle between kids and a platter of fruits and vegetables is as ancient as time itself. Fruits and vegetables that are colourful and crunchy are a vital and delightful element of your child’s diet. Essential nutrients are found in both vegetables and fruits and are necessary for their health, growth, and development. If you are having trouble encouraging your kids to eat their vegetables and fruits, here are 6 easy tips and tricks along with 8 healthy recipes for your picky eaters. (7 Health foods for kids daily nutrition)

6 tips and tricks to make kids eat veggies and fruits

1. Keep exposing children to veggies and fruits

It is easy to become disappointed if your child refuses to eat a vegetable or fruit, especially if you have tried multiple times with no success. Even yet, if you keep presenting the same vegetable or fruit, they are likely to try it eventually.

Keep portion amounts and preparation techniques in mind when introducing your kid to a new veggie/fruit or one they have not tried before. To avoid being turned off or overwhelmed by a whole dish, start with a tiny piece, such as one or two pieces. To entice children to try veggies or fruits, they need to be exposed to them regularly. Even if your child initially rejects a vegetable or fruit, try again with the same or alternative preparations. (10 Amazing health benefits of bottle gourd/ lauki)

2. Mix veggies and fruits into their favourite meals

What’s impressive about veggies and fruits is their versatility. Vegetables and fruits may be made more appealing by including them in your toddler’s favourite dishes. If your child enjoys pizza, idli, dosa, khichdi, noodles, paratha, pasta or scrambled eggs, consider adding chopped or shredded veggies to these recipes. (7 health benefits of carrot for kids)

3. Hide vegetables and fruits in ways your kids will not recognize.

Do not give up if your children refuse to eat a vegetable or fruit. One of the best parts about vegetables and fruits is how readily they can be incorporated into recipes, often in unnoticeable ways. The possibilities for incorporating vegetables into meals are nearly limitless. Vegetables may be hidden in sauces and dips by mixing them with other ingredients.

Almost any vegetable or fruit may be used to produce veggie or fruit-loaded smoothies and soups. Another method to increase your toddler’s veggie consumption is to add shredded carrots, broccoli or cauliflower to pizza. Also, try adding spinach, shredded carrots, mashed sweet potatoes or beets, and berries, apples, bananas or peaches to pancakes, cookies, or muffins.

4. Involve them in the shopping and meal preparations.

If you can bring your children to the grocery store, spend some time familiarising them with vegetables and fruits. Discuss with them the name of the vegetable or fruit and how it tastes.

In addition to shopping, have your children assist you in the kitchen or observe you while you make meals. Before the meal, give your child an option between two vegetables/fruits or ask how they want their vegetables cooked. You may ask them to add a few veggies or fruits during preparations and it is one of the great ways to grow their comfort level with vegetables and fruits.  (Kids nutrition: 5 reasons for poor nutrition)

5. Make it fun-filled

Other meal factors, rather than the veggie or fruit itself, might impact a child’s desire to eat them. If your child refuses to eat veggies/fruits that have been sliced or diced, try cutting them into stars, hearts, or other shapes instead. Serve them in brightly coloured bowls or plates. Make meals more enjoyable by using brightly coloured dishes, entertaining cutlery, and veggies and fruits chopped into various shapes.

6. Be a good role model

Have you ever wondered why kids are so picky when it comes to vegetables and fruits? The solution is straightforward. If you enjoy tasty foods, your child will as well. Serve fruits and/or vegetables often, particularly at each meal and snack. Allow your children to observe you making healthy food choices and eating your veggies and fruits. Do not force them but make it enjoyable. 

What is the right amount of fruits and vegetables for the kids to consume?

Providing your child with fresh fruits and veggies daily can help them stay active and healthy. Continue to provide your child with healthy recipes of fruits and veggies daily, rather than simply the ones they prefer.

According to USDA recommendations, the serving size of fruits and vegetables is determined by age. However, 1 cup of vegetables and fruits is the recommended serving size for children aged 2 to 6. Serving sizes for children also vary depending on their appetite and degree of activity. Remember that any amount is better than none, and continually look for opportunities to add more. (2 ways to add nutrition to your kid’s food while travelling)

8 Nutritious and healthy recipes for introducing fruits and vegetables

The best approach to include vegetables and fruits into a child’s diet is to incorporate them into their favourite meals. Apart from that, you could discover new methods to sneak them into meals in an unnoticeable, delicious, and wholesome way. Here are 8 nutritious and healthy recipes for including fruits and vegetables in the child’s diet.

healthy Recipes to sneak/hide vegetables

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1. Beetroot idli
Beetroot idli recipe
Beetroot Idli

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Samai millet/ rice
  • ½ cup Urad dal (Split black gram)
  • 1 cup Beetroot puree
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/oil
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here)

Preparation

  • Soak rice and dal for 3-4 hours.
  • Grind it to make a thick paste. Keep it for rest overnight for fermentation.
  • Add beetroot paste, salt and Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here).
  • Mix it well and pour the batter into greased molds.
  • Put the idli maker into steamer, cover it and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let it cool and serve with coconut chutney.

1 beetroot idli – 80 calories
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2. Pumpkin pancake
Pumpkin pancake
Pumpkin pancake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Jowar flour
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup Bajra flour
  • 1/4 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 cup Milk/Water
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here)
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  • Mix the jowar, bajra, pumpkin puree, cinnamon powder, salt and ghee in a bowl.
  • Add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here) and milk or water, mix well to form slightly thick batter.
  • Heat the pan and add a ladle of batter and cook on the medium flame.
  • Allow it to cook on the both sides for 30 seconds and serve hot!!

1 Pumpkin pancake – 185 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

3. Carrot and broccoli pasta
Carrot and broccoli pasta recipe
Carrot and broccoli pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pasta
  • 1/2 cup Carrot and broccoli puree
  • 1 small sized Onion
  • 3- 4 cloves Chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp Pepper/Oregano 
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here)
  • 2cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 cup Other veggies (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Schezwan sauce
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  • Heat oil in a pan and saute the garlic, onion.
  • Add carrot, broccoli puree and Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here) and cook for 5- 8 minutes.
  • Add other veggies (optional ) and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • When the sauce becomes thick, add salt, pepper or oregano, schezwan sauce and pasta.
  • Finally, add water, cover the pan and cook on low flame.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, turn off the flame and serve!!

You may add 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread to the pasta while it is being cooked or to the cooked pasta when serving your child.

1 cup –  209 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

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4. mixed veggies CHEESE paratha
Mixed veggies cheese paratha
Mixed veggies cheese paratha

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Wheat flour
  • 1 cup Jowar/ Sorghum flour
  • 1 small size Beetroot
  • 2 medium size Carrot
  • 1 small size Capsicum
  • 1.5 cup Diced/ Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here)
  • 1/2 tbsp Oregano
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt to taste

Procedure

  • Take wheat, jowar flour, salt and oil in a bowl. Add water slowly and knead to make a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions.
  • Take chopped veggies, cheese in a bowl.
  • Add salt, oregano and Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here). Mix well to make a filling.
  • Take the small dough ball, flatten it out and roll gently. Place the filling and seal it on top and roll the paratha evenly.
  • Heat the tawa , spread oil, cook on a medium flame for few seconds.
  • Once one side is done, flip it over. Apply oil till it turns golden brown.
  • Drizzle some ghee on both sides and serve hot.

You may add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread to the paratha dough or spread 1 tbsp over the paratha while serving.

1 Mixed veggie cheese paratha – 166 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

HEALTHY Recipes to sneak/hide Fruits

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1. BANANA AND APPLE MUFFINS
Banana and apple muffin - healthy recipes for adding fruits
Banana and Apple muffin

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs or 2 tbsp chia or flaxseeds powder soaked in 6 tbsp warm water till it becomes lumpy
  • 2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here)
  • 1.5 cup wholewheat flour or almond flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 small apple cut in small chunks
  • Honey (optional)
  • Chocochips (optional)

Preparation

  • Preheat oven at 175 celcius for 5 min.
  • Mix eggs/ chia or flax paste, banana, and butter or Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here) in a bowl.
  • Add flour, baking soda, apple chunks, salt to the bowl and Mix well. Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture.
  • Taste the mixture for sweetness, and add honey as per your taste.
  • Divide batter to muffin pan or moulds.
  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden.

1 Banana and apple muffin– 106 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

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2. Ragi banana pancake
Ragi banana pancake - healthy recipes for adding fruits
Ragi pancake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ragi Flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or oat flour
  • 2 ripen mashed bananas
  • 1.5 tbsp yogurt or 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg or flax-egg (1 tbsp flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp warm water, leave for 5 min)
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt to taste

Procedure

  • Mix ragi flour, whole wheat flour, ripen bananas, baking powder, Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread (order here), salt and egg. The batter should not be watery.
  • Heat a skillet. Grease with oil or ghee.
  • Once heated, pour a ladle of batter on to the skillet. 
  • Allow the pancake to cook on medium heat.
  • Flip to the other side and allow it to cook properly for 30 seconds.
  • Serve hot!!

You may add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread to the batter or spread 1 tbsp over the pancake while serving.

1 Ragi pancake – 230 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s Daily nutrition Savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

3. Mango milkshake
Healthy recipe for kids - mango milkshake
Mango milkshake

Ingredients

  • 1 ripen Mango (ripe)
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here)

Preparation

  • Slice the mangoes.
  • Transfer the mangoes, milk and Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here) into the blender.
  • Blend them until it is smooth.
  • Serve fresh!!

1 cup – 170 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

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4. Watermelon paratha
Healthy recipe for kids -Watermelon paratha
Watermelon paratha

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup jowar/sorghum flour
  • 1 cup Watermelon puree
  • 1 tsp carrom seeds
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • Salt to taste

Procedure

  • Take wheat flour and jowar/sorghum flour in a bowl.
  • Add watermelon puree to it.
  • Further add carrom seeds, salt and Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here)
  • Bind it to make soft dough. Rest the dough for 15-20 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions.Take a small ball and roll the paratha evenly.
  • Heat the tawa , spread oil, cook on a medium flame for few seconds.
  • Once one side is done, flip it over. Apply oil till it turns golden brown.Drizzle some ghee on both sides.
  • Tasty watermelon paratha is ready to serve!!

You may add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread to the paratha dough or spread 1 tbsp over the paratha while serving.

1 watermelon paratha – 125 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

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It might be challenging to encourage your youngster to eat healthy recipes of veggies and fruits, but it is doable. Even if your youngster rejects a vegetable or fruit on the first attempt, don’t let this deter you from feeding it again later, maybe in a different way. Even if you use some of the suggestions on this list, it may take time for your child to eat more vegetables or fruits. It’s important to remember that many parents have challenges when it comes to feeding their children. Every meal is a new chance!

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