"Good," she says. "More macncheese." Lexi likes carrots, but she doesn't usually eat very many. She likes a lot of macncheese. By getting her used to seeing a carrot in her lunch as well as helping prepare it, she is getting more carrots and seeing a bright colorful vegetable in her lunch.
While she wasn't looking, I added a handful of spinach to some chocolate milk––a great suggestion from a friend, blended it well, and served it nice and cold. She loved it! Hiding the vegetable she didn't want to eat in something that was a treat for her, got her body used to wanting greens, and gave her an unexpected inexpensive boost to her nutrition.
How do you add vegetables to the diet of the children in your care?