A simple, but effective way to make spinach fun to eat.
February 10, 2016
My son is obsessed with fresh fruit. While I am happy about that, I struggle to get him to eat his veggies. No, I am not that mom that hovers or begs him to eat them. I am the mom who watches all veggies fly across the room before the first taste.
When he was a baby, he loved veggies. He would eat broccoli, peas, corn, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, and on one rare occasion, salad.
When he first learned to use sign language, he would sign – banana – several times a day and would get pissed when he didn’t get one. I actually hit up Dr. Google to see if 4-5 bananas a day was bad. It’s not. Thank God.
Now, I have to sneak them in. He only eats carrots if they are soft in soup, chick peas in hummus, beets pureed in water, and spinach in smoothies.
One thing I had noticed along the way is that his favorite snack (GoGo Squeeze Applesauce) comes in little squeezable pouches. I absolutely can’t believe that I bought a case recently due to the fact that I am terrified of mold, etc. – not to mention I didn’t like running into this information on the web: All GoGo squeeZ products with a “Best By” date between 6/30/16 and 7/26/16 and that were produced in the U.S. are being recalled by the company. More information can be found here on the recall.
Since he liked the squeezable pouches, I thought he might try pureed veggies out of a pouch. So I grabbed 3 lbs of spinach and a 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, added a splash of olive oil to get things cooking and whipped up a batch of creamed spinach. I added it to the blender and voila. We had creamed spinach in no time. I let the mixture cool. Then, I spooned them into their pouches.
I used the Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches. I love that they are easy to fill. It was so easy just to spoon some mixture in. They are also large enough for my growing boy. The GoGo Squeeze applesauce pouches were never enough for him. He would suck them down in no time and then beg for more.
I was a little skeptical that the Cutielunch pouches might open and soil his clothes, but I gave them a good mom-worthy squeeze and it didn’t budge. I was super careful not to get any food stuck in the closing area. I would assume not closing them properly would make them burst open.
Overall, I am happy that my son is finally eating his spinach and now we have cute little pouches that have been tried and tested. I think I may put some homemade yogurt in them next time.