As a kid, my parents never made me eat vegetables (gasp! I know, right?!) Needless to say, I think it was mostly because my dad had been traumatized by having to eat green beans as a child. It was fine…I wasn’t the healthiest child, and boy, did I hate going over my friend’s house for dinner. I ate corn against my will because that’s what ‘normal’ kids ate.
Kudos to all you sneaky moms and dads that can pull off adding veggies to your meals and having your kids not know. I would know…I have a very keen sense of taste!
Parents, fear not. I started eating vegetables on my own in middle school (okay, more towards the beginning of high school). Is it true that our taste buds change? I’m not really sure. As I got older I started eating things that I knew were good for me, even if they necessarily didn’t taste good. Namely yogurt, salad, chunky salsa. You know, the things most people think are delicious.
Fast forward to now, and I’m officially nearing my mid-20s (gasp, again) and I eat more vegetables now than ever before! I think it’s a natural progression, really. Being spoon fed pureed vegetables for months on end as a baby really warrants nothing but eating mac & cheese, chicken parm, and peanut butter (no jelly) sandwiches for most of your youth. No? Just me? Okay.
Some vegetables taste good, and to others, some just don’t taste great at all. I love salads and different kinds of lettuce, but spinach is not something that I prefer to eat raw. Spinach on a pizza? Sure. Spinach in a dip with artichokes and cheese? Absolutely. To sneak some into my own diet, I simply blended it up in the Vitamix until it was liquefied and froze them into cubes. Pop two or three (or more!) of these into your green smoothie and you have some seriously sneaky vegetables in your drink. I really like how well the Vitamix pulverizes anything you put into it. It was especially helpful when I tried to make a really thick green smoothie with celery in it. For everyday smoothies I’ll use my Magic Bullet, but for “unpleasant” ingredients, I like the way the Vitamix immediately liquefies vegetables.
This tip is helpful when you know you won’t be able to use up that whole bag before it goes bad. With all the healthy green smoothies popping up on Pinterest, having an arsenal of frozen spinach cubes will definitely be helpful!
Frozen Spinach Cubes
- 1 6 ounce bag raw baby spinach
- water to desired consistency
- Blend baby spinach with water to desired consistency.
- Pour liquid into ice cube tray/mini muffin tin/silicone baking cups.
- Freeze until solid.
- Pop out of tray and use in smoothies, sauces, or any recipe that calls for pureed spinach.
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