If your kids are anything like mine, foods that are green, oddly shaped, and don’t smell “normal” are a no-go. It’s a constant battle that has led to frustration for the whole household and sometimes handing out Lunchables. What’s a parent to do? Sneak in the veggies like you sneak out that Snickers hiding in the closet without getting caught! 

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Here are a few of my favorite meals and snacks to add in those necessary nutrients that your kids will actually love.


Smoothies are our go-to mid day or post dinner snack! I like to pack in tons of fruit and throw in some spinach, carrot or even avocado. The best thing about this snack is that there are so many other flavors and natural sweetener included that you can’t even taste the vegetables. 

Our top smoothies are below:

Green Apple Smoothie

½ frozen banana

1 green apple cored

2 big handfuls of baby spinach or kale

A pinch of ground cinnamon



*Optional spoonful of yogurt for an added probiotic boost

Orange Smoothie

1 grated or chopped carrot

1 clementine

Frozen mango chunks


*Optional spoonful of yogurt 

Cool Shapes

Isn’t food more fun to eat when it’s in cool shapes? Use a crinkle cut knife or cookie cutters to make shapes into sliced cucumber, carrots, and sweet bell peppers. Also, the more colorful the better!

Veggies in Disguise

My kids two favorite foods that they will not pass up- French fries and spaghetti.

Swap the ordinary fries for less often used veggies. Sweet potatoes! Sweet potato fries have become a staple in my house. Yes, they are a tad bit more rich in color, but I’m sure you can come up with a creative reason for that.

Use a noodle maker to make zucchini noodles disguised as spaghetti sauteed in garlic and parmesan. You can even use the noodle maker for cool shaped carrots and cucumbers.

Morning Favorites

Muffins in the morning are a great time to fuel the kids for the day. Blueberries and bananas are great, but sneak those carrots or zucchini in the bake. So good and who’s going to turn down a muffin?


Casseroles are a simple way to hide any veggies. There are often tons of ingredients that goes into casseroles so it may be tricky to track down every ingredient to tell what exactly it is. Peas, sweet peppers, chopped mushrooms, and riced cauliflower are great choices. Remember, chop small!

As an entrepreneur and speaker, Bianca spends her days in a green spinny chair putting her creative peddle to the floor or booking marketing workshops with one hand while passing out snacks with the other. Her Business Make It Bloom Media is a digital marketing agency that helps women create a jaw-dropping brand aesthetic and build an unforgettable online presence that you may have seen on the CW Austin. Born and raised in Mason, Texas, Bianca got her first dose of wanderlust in 2015 when spontaneously making the move to Pennsylvania with her husband David. Since then, the two have traveled up the Northeast US every six months to a year in their RV before they realized a car seat would be an added accessory on future trips. To become closer to their families during this time, their landing inched nearer to their hometowns when finally landing in Austin in 2020. As a wife to an adventure enthusiast and mom to 2 energizer bunnies, you can often catch them frequenting Austin parks, farmers markets, festivals, the lake, diving into DIY projects, and throwing steaks on the grill. Follow her journey on Instagram at @biancasegundo_ or @makeitbloommedia


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