When I was a kid, I remember overhearing parents talking about hiding veggies in their kids meals so they don’t realize they’re eating healthy. It made me wonder what my mom was putting into all our meals. I wasn’t much of a veggie eater when I was young.
It wasn’t until later that I heard an argument against this practice. It teaches kids that they don’t need veggies, because they don’t know they’re eating it. They move out of the house, and suddenly their tomato sauce only has tomatoes and tomato paste in it, instead of all that healthy goodness. Their veggie intake plummets without them even knowing.
Now I’m an adult, and I’ve been thinking about cheating veggies into my food. I have a hard time always eating the required amount of fruits and veggies, and sometimes I just can’t put them in a meal in a interesting way. So why don’t I start cheating?
Tomato sauce is an obvious one. We all love pasta. There’s a lot you can stick in the food processor and hide in red sauce. There’s lots you can stuff in a dumpling, or grind up in soup. I’m not fooling anyone. It’s just me. I know what’s going into my food, and I know it’s helping me get the nutrients I need. So this girl is going to start cheating with her veggies!