If you have picky eaters in the family who snarl at the site of a vegetable you need to pick up a copy of Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. Bug, my sweet little boy who as a toddler ate everything – cole slaw, baked beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, salad, green beans – now will touch nothing but chicken nuggets, french fries, fruits snacks, pb&j sandwiches and the occasional banana. So I’m dusting off my copy of Deceptively Delicious and applying it to my kitchen again. I’m also going to get Bug involved in the kitchen – I think helping in the kitchen will help improve his eating habits.
I had some sweet potato puree leftover from making Sweet Potato Pancakes and I was trying to decide what I could use it for that Bug would eat. I decided to test it out in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I have to say, I was quite surprised, it was very good. I mixed the peanut butter and jelly in a bowl and added two teaspoons of sweet potato puree. It added a little extra sweetness to the spread so if you don’t like to too sweet, cut back on the amount of jelly to offset it.
Bug gobbled up his sandwich just like always. I had to smile thinking how easy it was to “trick” him. :)
Some days, the healthiest thing I can get in him is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – how excited I am that I can sneak vegetables in his PB&J now!