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Moms Share Their Secret Recipes for Even the Pickiest of Eaters

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Kids can be extremely picky and it can be the most frustrating thing in the world. All you want is to have your kid eat something besides crackers and air, and all he wants to do is turn his nose up at your gourmet meals. We’ve all been there. So I asked some moms to share their secret recipes that even the pickiest of eaters will devour. At least one of these is sure to appeal to your own little food snob.

For me, I give my picky son smoothies, and he sucks them down! I put different combinations in them: carrots, kale, spinach, etc. Then I add blueberries, banana or strawberries for the sweetness! He loves them and I love that I can load them with all the good stuff he won’t eat, particularly those veggies.

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Cheese sticks and deli turkey cut up. Everything always has to be cut up, but hey, it’s worth the extra work as long as she eats the food!” — Macy B.

“I make different combinations of healthy muffins, with zucchini, sweet potatoes, bananas and oats. There are so many great recipes for healthy muffins, and kids love them! Zucchini bread is another favorite!” — Lucy B.

“When I make pasta, I blend up vegetables to add to the sauce. My boy loves it!” — Ashley M.

Christy W. agrees, “My mum used to make spaghetti and chop up a bunch of veggies to put in the sauce so tiny you couldn't even tell what they were. I do it today with my kiddos and they love it!”

Green juice is my secret. My daughter is super picky, so the only way she gets any fruits or veggies are with juices. I just load up the green juice.” — Amanda G.

“Sneak grated or mashed veggies into turkey or beef meatloaf, pasta sauce and pureed soups.” — Maria V.

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“My favorite breakfast to make my kids is banana pancakes. It’s the simplest recipe: 1 banana, 2 eggs and some oats. They love it! I love that it’s healthy and so simple!” — Greta G.

“My little picky eaters love their finger food. Anything they can eat themselves is just fun for them. My kids also love dipping veggies into ranch! Hey, whatever works!” — Lilly P.

Pancakes are my go-to! I sneak puréed veggies into them, and it is a godsend for my extremely picky eater!” — Ingrid H.

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