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I’m a Veggie Sneaker

“Your kids will eat anything!”

“You have two of the healthiest eaters I know!”

Those were a couple of the comments I heard all the time from the moment my twins started eating solid food. I could give them anything and they’d eat it up. They even loved beets!

I thought I’d be in the clear. I would never have to be a sneaky cook. My kids would be the “perfect” little eaters. They’d eat a variety of veggies and would try anything. After all, my husband and I were setting great examples of what to eat. Whatever we ate, they ate.

That all came to a screeching halt around the age of two. Gone were the days of eating every veggie that was put in front of them. If there was even a smidge of “green stuff” on my daughter’s homemade veggie pizza, she’d refuse to touch it.

What happened? Where did my wonderful, adventurous eaters go?

I’m a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you put in front of them. It’s worked with my son. He surprises us every so often and will randomly eat a veggie that he’s previously shunned. My daughter? Well that’s an entirely different story. She’s stubborn like her Mama. She knows what she likes and is happy as can be just eating that. Although she surprised me last week by asking to get eggplant at the grocery store AND she tried it…but didn’t like it. That’s progress!

Till the magical day when everyone will happily eat all their veggies, I’ll keep offering whole veggies to eat. I will also continue to be a veggie sneaker, you know, one of those people who makes green smoothies, adds sweet potatoes to pancakes, butternut squash to mac n’ cheese, zucchini to pasta sauce. I see nothing wrong with upping the nutritional value of food by adding shredded or pureed veggies. It’s good for the whole family, not just my kids. I also tell them exactly what’s in the recipe. There’s no lying to get them to eat it. I give full disclosure. Sometimes they’ll still eat it. Sometimes it’s a scrunched up nose and an “I don’t like that!”

Oh well, I’m not giving up just yet!

Here are some of my favorite “sneaky” recipes:

Zucchini Muffins

zucchinimuffins

Butternut Squash Cranberry Oat Bread

Butternut Squash Cranberry Oat Bread 1 - happyfitmama.com

Kiwi Banana Yogurt Pops

#munchkinmealssmoothie

Pumpkin Chia Granola Bars

Pumpkin Chia Granola Bars - happyfitmama.com

Green PB Dip

Green PB Dip  HappyFitMama.com

Spill it – do you believe in veggie sneaking?

Marvelous is…

Reflections on Running | HappyFitMama.com

Hey guys!

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was nothing overly the top outrageous but a weekend is always good no matter what, in my opinion. To celebrate and to keep the good vibes rolling into the week, I’m thinking of all the marvelous that there was (big thanks to Katie for hosting!).

Marvelous is…a near perfectly executed progression long run. On Saturday, I hit my first double digit run in over 4 months. I purposely started off slower in hopes of at least finishing the last 5k faster for this months 5 by the 5th Virtual Race. What happened with each passing mile was that my strength and confidence grew. I felt strong. It was almost like everything finally clicked. It felt like I was standing taller, my form was better and I was floating. I completed my 5k in 23:58, 19 seconds faster than last month. This run made me feel like my old runner self. The one that made me feel like I’m BACK. I’m going to be OK. I’m done talking about tendon injuries. Slap me if I ever bring it up again, k?

Marvelous is…Getting honked at while on the above run but realizing it was not a creeper beeper perv but another runner giving me support. Side note to the driver of the car: sorry for initially flipping you off. I realized my mistake when I saw the back of your car was plastered with every single running bumper sticker ever made. Whoops! :)

Marvelous is…sunshine and temps in the 50s. I know I keep mentioning the improving weather but it seriously is the best to finally have sunshine and SPRING!

Spring beach walking | happyfitmama.com

Hi, my name is Angela and I like long walks on the beach. Good thing Ron does too!

Marvelous is…Lorna Jane Spring Clean Pinterest Challenge! Lorna Jane and FitApproach are teaming up with a great challenge to renew, reboot and refresh your active life this month.  All you have to do is go to movenourishbelieve.com and start pinning away. This week (April 7-13) is all about MOVE. Put together a board to take on a new workout, get inspired and to kick some major butt! Just by doing so, you could win $1000 towards some fabulous LJ gear. Check out my Pinterest Board for this week to get inspired and pin some fabulous workouts! Get all the details HERE.

What’s marvelous in your life right now?

I was invited to share the Lorna Jane Spring Clean Pinterest Challenge through my affiliation with the SweatPink Community. I was not compensated. I just love Lorna Jane clothes!