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  • I put peanut butter into my daughter's fruit smoothies so she gets the protein, too. She's sick and congested and not eating much, but she's sucking down the strawberry peanut butter smoothies.


  • I put different veggies into the food processor, then add to the meatloaf mix. No one ever knows a thing!!


  • My 2-year-old son refuses to touch veggies, so I mix baby food veggies into smoothies, shred veggies into spaghetti sauce, and buy the veggie-fruit drinks (V8 Splash, Naked Monster Juice, etc). Sometimes he'll eat frozen veggies. He loves frozen peas.


  • I put the following ingredients into small bowls. My son loves putting them into a whole- wheat tortilla for dinner! Cooked ground turkey seasoned with taco/fajita seasoning, shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, sour cream, sometimes avocado, fresh salsa.


  • Some kids hate milk, but with Connor it was hard for him to consume enough milk. He would drink about a cup a day. We gave him his milk in a cup with a straw. He loved to watch it go through the straw and into his mouth. Worked out great.


  • My kids love yogurt, so I use it with everything. For an afternoon snack, I'll mix up some walnuts with plain vanilla yogurt, then let them dip cut-up apples. It's their favorite treat. To get them to eat veggies, I have to use a dip of some sort - and thankfully, they love salsa!


  • DD has never had a problem eating, but we like to do fun things. We stick broccoli in mashed potatoes for "trees," or make "faces" on pizza, cookies, and pancakes (using fruit or veggies). Celery with peanut butter builds a house.


  • I make crazy, fruity pancakes. I make regular whole-wheat pancake batter and then mix in applesauce and whatever fruit I have on hand, usually bananas and strawberries. My kids love these and so do I!


  • I spread peanut butter on a tortilla, then top with sliced strawberries and whole blueberries. I cut it into 4 pieces with a pizza cutter and my kids love it. Sometimes I make it with bananas and slivered almonds.

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